Keynote address: Wolfgang Schäuble, Federal Minister of Finance, Germany
Pedro Mota Soares, Minister of Solidarity, Employment and Social Security of Portugal
Frank Held, Bayer Managing Director for Czech Republic and Slovakia
Moderated by: Tom Nuttall, Charlemagne columnist at The Economist
Pedro Mota Soares
After graduating in law, Pedro Mota Soares followed a post-graduate degree in Labour Law. He has been Assistant Lecturer in Political Science and Constitutional Law, as well as Introduction to EU Law at the Faculty of Law, Lusófona Humanities and Technologies University. He has also taught Public International Law and Health Law and Bioethics. He has been the Portuguese Minister for Solidarity and Social Security since June 2011. In July 2013 he accumulated the Employment portfolio. Elected Member of Parliament during the 10th parliamentary term, he was Leader of the Democratic and Social Centre-People's Party (CDS-PP) Parliamentary Group, serving as Coordinator of the Committee on Labour, Social Security and Public Administration, Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Ethics, Society and Culture and Member of the Constitutional Review Occasional Committee and of the Working Party on Parliamentary Reform. Prior to this, he was Deputy Parliamentary Group Leader, served as Coordinator on the Parliamentary Committee on Health and Drug Addiction and Member of the Parliamentary Committee on Labour and Social Security.
Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble
Dr Wolfgang Schäuble studied law and economics at the universities of Freiburg and Hamburg and was awarded the degree of Dr. jur. in 1971. He has been a member of the German Bundestag since 1972 and held the offices of Federal Minister for Special Tasks and Head of the Federal Chancellery before serving as Federal Minister of the Interior from 1989 to 1991 and from 2005 until 2009. He headed the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag from 1991 until 2000. Since October 2009 he has been Federal Minister of Finance.