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Former President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, to Discuss "The State of the European Union”

Audience: 
Open to the Public
Speaker(s): 
José Manuel Durao Barroso, former president of the European Commission and the Frederick H. Schultz Class of 1951 Visiting Professor of International Economic Policy, LISD
Sponsor: 

This event is co-sponsored by Woodrow Wilson School, the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society and the European Union Program at Princeton.

The Honorable José Manuel Barroso, former president of the European Commission, will present a public lecture titled, "The State of the European Union," Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at 7 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD), the Woodrow Wilson School, the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society and the European Union Program at Princeton.  A public reception will precede the event beginning at 6:00 p.m. in Shultz Dining Room.

Barroso is currently the Frederick H. Schultz Class of 1951 Visiting Professor of International Economic Policy and a policy fellow of LISD. Barroso, former prime minister of Portugal, became president of the European Commission in 2004 and was re-elected to the post in 2009. The European Commission is the executive body of the European Union and is responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the Union's treaties and the day-to-day operations of the EU.

Barroso began his career in academia, working successively as a teaching assistant at the Law Faculty of the University of Lisbon, a teaching assistant in the Department of Political Science, University of Geneva and as a visiting professor at the Department of Government and the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. In 1995, he became head of the Department of International Relations of Lusíada University in Lisbon.

Barroso’s political career began in 1980 when he joined the Social Democratic Party (PSD), a major social-democratic political party in Portugal. He was named president of the party in 1999 and was re-elected three times. During the same period, he served as vice president of the European People’s Party. As state secretary for foreign affairs and cooperation, he played a key role as mediator in the signing of the Bicesse Accords, which laid out a transition to multi-party democracy in Angola in 1991, and, as minister for foreign affairs, he was a driving force in the self-determination process in East Timor (1992-1995), a country in Maritime Southeast Asia. Under his leadership, the PSD won the general election in 2002, and Barroso was appointed prime minister of Portugal in April of that year. He remained in office until July 2004 when he was nominated by the European Council and elected by the European Parliament to the post of president of the European Commission.