Beginning Wednesday, 25 April 2018 19:30
End Wednesday, 25 April 2018 21:30
Location Hotel Le Plaza - Boulevard Adolphe Max 118/126, 1000, Brussels, Belgium
Event fees British Chamber members: €139.00 (incl. VAT)
Non-members: €163.00 (incl. VAT)

Fee: 115.00 (exc. VAT) for members and 135.00 (exc. VAT) for non-members

We are delighted to host Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness - a vital portfolio for European industry during a dinner at Hotel Le Plaza. In the final 18 months of the Commission’s mandate, Vice-President Katainen will deepen the Investment Plan for Europe.

He is seeking to implement the Circular Economy Package, which aims to stimulate Europe's transition towards a circular economy, boost global competitiveness, foster sustainable economic growth and generate new jobs. The Package strives to do this by “closing the loop" of product lifecycles through greater recycling and re-use, and bring benefits for both the environment and the economy. This includes an EU strategy for plastics which aims for all plastic and packaging to be recyclable by 2030.

Furthering this, the Commission delivered a roadmap for deepening the Economic and Monetary Union. To achieve this by the end of the Commissions mandate they have set goals of the completion of the legal framework of the Banking Union and finalisation for legislative proposals for the Capital Markets Union.


Vice-President | European Commission

Jyrki Katainen is currently Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness. He joined the Commission in July 2014 as Vice-President for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the euro. Before that he served as Prime Minister of Finland from 2011 to 2014 and Minister of Finance from 2007 to 2011. From 1999 to 2014, he was a Member of Finnish Parliament for the National Coalition Party (Kokoomus). Katainen was a Member of the Finnish Delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly from 2003 to 2007, a Member of the Administrative Council of the Finnish Broadcasting Company from 2003 to 2005, a Member of the Finnish Delegation to the Western European Union Parliamentary Assembly from 2004 to 2005 and a Deputy Member of the Finnish Delegation to the Nordic Council from 2001 to 2003. Jyrki Katainen has a M.Sc. in Political Science from the University of Tampere, Finland and he did an Erasmus exchange year at the University of Leicester, UK.

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