Press Release

December 8th, 2005

Margot Wallström, VP European Commission, coming to Karlskrona

The Karlskrona Dialogues, the public outreach programme of the Master’s of Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability programme at Blekinge Institute of Technology, is pleased to announce the upcoming visit of the European Commission’s Vice-President, Ms. Margot Wallström, on January 12th, 2006. Ms. Wallström will speak on issues of Governance and Democracy for a Sustainable Europe .

Ms. Wallström has had a distinguished international political career, having had a significant impact in several portfolios both in her home country of Sweden, and within the wider European arena. Recent appointments have included a posting as European Commissioner for the Environment, Senior Advisor to the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) Tsunami relief effort in Asia and she has held a post as European Commissioner for Institutional Relations and Communication since August 2004. President Barroso created this role in order to improve the way the central European government communicates to its citizens.

"As an inspirational leader and champion of sustainability we are delighted to welcome Ms. Wallström to Karlskrona in January to engage with the students and to announce her involvement in The Karlskrona Dialogues", says Mr. David Waldron, Programme Director. "This represents an exciting opportunity to once again connect with the broader Blekinge community around the theme of Business, Society and the Environment in the 21st Century . We anticipate a popular and engaging event as Ms. Wallström is a much loved and respected figure in Sweden."

"It is an honour and a privilege to be hosting Ms. Wallström as we continue to build a world-class reputation around the theme of Sustainable Development of Industry and Society ", says Lars Haikola, Vice-Chancellor of the Blekinge Institute of Technology. "I encourage regional business and public sector organisations, as well as members of the local community, to engage in this important event".

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