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Trainees Welcome Conference
October 2017

Plenary session:

Chaired by Martine Reicherts, Director General, DG EAC info


  • Stephen Clark, Director for Relations with Citizens, European Parliament info
  • Bart Somers, Mayor of Mechelen, Belgium info


Photos from the conference.



Session 1: "A social Europe, with equal rights for its citizens"

Speaker: Johan Ten Geuzendam, DG JUST

Johan ten Geuzendam has worked in the European Commission in a variety of policy areas like industrial policy, industrial relations, management training, labour law and working conditions.

In 2001 he became Head of the Employment Services Unit (with responsibility inter alia for the management of the EURES network) and in 2006 of the Employment Services Unit and Mobility Unit.

From January 2008 until May 2014 he was Head of the Unit for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities first in DG Employment, social affairs and equal opportunities, and since January 2011 in DG Justice and Consumers.

Since mid-May 2014 he is Adviser in the Directorate for Equality and Union citizenship of DG Justice and Consumers that coordinates and promotes policy developments to combat discrimination on grounds of sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation, promotes awareness on gender equality and non-discrimination and coordinates policy developments in respect of the Roma.

Moderator: Victor AguilarRapporteur: Karin-Liis Lahtmae



Session 2: "Future of learning, future of work, future of Europe"

Speaker: Sophia Eriksson Waterschoot, DG EAC

Sophia Eriksson Waterschoot is Director for Youth, Education and Erasmus+ at the European Commission's Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture. She is in charge of Europe's flagship programme Erasmus+, the newly launched European Solidarity Corps, youth policy and supporting the modernisation of education systems.

She has previously held various positions within the Commission in the field of strategy and investment in education, higher education policy, employment policy, European structural and investment funds and the European social fund. She studied international economics and did her Erasmus student exchange in France.

She is an Eisenhower Fellow.

Moderator: Anita Toien JohansenRapporteur: Miriam Bertolini



Session 3: Europe as an actor of International Cooperation and Development

Speaker: Stefano Signore, DG DEVCO

Stefano Signore is Italian. A qualified lawyer, he spent his early career working on banking supervision at the Italian central bank (Banca d'Italia).

He joined the European Commission in Brussels in 2000.

During the last 13 years he has worked in the area of Migration and Security. Between 2004 and 2008 he worked in the private office of European Commission Vice President leading on Justice, Freedom and Security issues Franco Frattini. He became Head of Unit in 2009 in the Directorate-General for Justice, Freedom and Security.

Working in the Directorate-General for Home Affairs from 2010, he oversaw programming in the areas of migration, asylum, external borders and visa policy, terrorism, organised crime and police cooperation.

In 2015 he moved to the Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, where he leads the thematic work on Migration and Employment.

Moderator: Chiara BellaniRapporteur: Jayanti Karki



Session 4: "Europe and the clean energy transition"

Speaker: Martin Hession, DG CLIMA

Martin Hession is currently a Policy Advisor at the European Commission responsible for policy development on international carbon markets, and lead on negotiations of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement for the EU.

He helped broker a deal between the EU and Brazil over text in the final days of Paris which lead to Article 6.

He is responsible for negotiation strategy, policy development and multilateral carbon market support programmes. With over 15 years of experience in the area, as a UK civil servant (2002-2014), he joined the European Commission in 2014. He lead for the UK on negotiation of the directive linking the EU ETS to the UN project mechanism (2004-5), and the implementation of monitoring, accounting and registries legislation for the EU (2005-6).

He was a member of member of the CDM Executive Board from 2007-2012, and chair of the Board in 2011.

He studied Law at Trinity College, Dublin (1987) and the London School of Economics (1988), qualified as a Barrister in the England (1991), and has taught at Oxford University and Imperial College London 1992-2002.

He is currently a visiting fellow at the Law School of University College London.

Moderator: Julie BaleriauxRapporteur: Paolo Fornari




Last update: 09/10/2017