The Director for Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission participated in a working lunch in Barcelona on the 18th of March.
Joanna Drake,Ai??Director for Entrepreneurship and SMEs at the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission, has beenAi??the guest speaker ofAi??the III FBPAi??Business Forum, held in Barcelona, Spain, on the 18th ofAi??March.
Mrs.Ai??Drake has occupied her current position since the 16th of January 2010. Since October 2005, she was Head of the European Commission Representation in Malta. During the previous five years Joanna had been Company Secretary and Head of the Legal & Regulatory Department of Vodafone Malta Limited. Before venturing into the telecommunications sector, Ms. Drakeai??i??s professional career centered entirely around European Union matters, with an accent on law, which she taught and researched full-time for five years at the University of Malta.
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After obtaining her post-graduate qualifications in Law from the College of Europe in Bruges, where she specialised in EU competition and internal market law, Joanna spent five years as a Senior Legal Officer at the EU Directorate of the Foreign Office in Malta and a further year as Legal Research Officer at the Maltese Embassy in Brussels. As a core group member of MEUSAC (Malta-EU Steering and Action Committee), she was closely involved in the pre-accession negotiations between Malta and the European Union.
This is the third edition of the FBPAi??Business Forum, a programme that aimsAi??at contributing to European integration from a business and professional perspective. It is a meeting point for entrepreneurs and professionals who want to share their visions of the European integration process andAi??want to learn what is being done in the European Institutions, byAi??European policy-makers and experts.
The secondAi??edition of the FBPAi??Business ForumAi??tookAi??place on the 2nd of February 2015 inAi??the CAi??rculo EcuestreAi??ofAi??Barcelona, Spain.Ai??On thisAi??occasion, the working lunch counted withAi??Jaume Duch, Director for the Media and European Parliament Spokesman, asAi??guest speaker. He gaveAi??a speech titled Presentation, challenges andAi??opportunitiesAi??of the new European Parliament 2014-2019. He also participated inAi??an interview with Plus Europe.
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The first edition of this forumAi??had taken place in Barcelona too, at the Gallery Hotel, on the 10th of February 2014. TitledAi??The European elections: Why this time they are different, the sessionAi??had countedAi??with Ferran Tarradellas, Director of the Representation of the European Commission in Barcelona, as guest speaker.
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