This page shows a selection of speakers at the Forum. For a full list of speakers please see the individual sessions in the programme.
Frans Timmermans is the First Vice-President of the European Commission. He is in charge of Better Regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. His responsibilities include ensuring the coherence of Commission proposals or initiatives with the Charter of Fundamental Rights. He also guides the work of the EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality and the EU Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs.
Before that, he was Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of European Affairs of the Netherlands and a Member of the Dutch Parliament. He was also a Senior Advisor and Private Secretary to the High Commissioner on National Minorities of the OSCE, Max van der Stoel. He has been unequivocal in his call for solidarity and tolerance in European societies. In October 2015, he organised the Commission's first Fundamental Rights Colloquium, devoted to ‘Tolerance and respect: preventing and combating antisemitic and anti-Muslim hatred in Europe’.