• Lunch with Margot Wallström, Vice President of the European Commission

    November 21 2008, 13:00 - 13:00
    Location: Cercle de l'Union Interalliée, 33, rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, 75008 Paris

    AmCham France and The American Club of Paris hosted a lunch with Margot Wallström, Vice President of the European Commission. Mrs. Wallström spoke about the impact of the financial crisis and the new US administration on EU-US relations.

    Margot Wallström was named Vice President of the European Commission in 2004, with oversight of the Directorate General of Communication whose mission it is to inform about the activities of the Commission and to communicate the objectives and goals of its policies and actions and to "put citizens at the heart of European policies."  She is also in charge of the European Commission's relations with the other European institutions (Parliament, Council, Committee of the Regions, Economic and Social Committee, Ombudsman), and the Commission's relations with national parliaments.  As Barroso's deputy, she represents the Commission in the General Affairs Council when he is not available. 
    Wallström started her career as a member of the Swedish Parliament (79-86), and then served as Minister of Consumer Affairs, Women and Youth (1988-1991), as Minister of Culture (1994-1996) and as Minister of Social Affairs (1996-1998).  In 1998, she became Executive Vice-President of Worldview Global Media – an NGO based in Sri Lanka.  The following year she was appointed Member of the European Commission with responsibility for environmental policy.