Previously served as Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Energy Union. Prior to this, he served as Vice-President for Inter-institutional Affairs and Administration and was a member of the European Commission responsible for education, training, culture and youth.
Before joining European Commission, Mr Šefčovič served as Slovak Permanent Representative to the EU and as Counsellor and Deputy Head of the Slovak Mission to the EU in Brussels. He also held numerous positions at the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including Director General of Bilateral Cooperation Section, Director General of European Affairs Section and Deputy Director of EU and NATO countries department. Formerly, he served at embassies in Tel Aviv in Israel, Ottawa in Canada and Harare in Zimbabwe.
Mr Šefčovič holds degrees from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and Comenius University’s Faculty of Law in Bratislava. He also completed numerous professional courses in France, Zimbabwe, Israel, Austria and the United States and has been awarded Chatam Sofer Medal for promotion of Slovak-Israeli relations.
How can the complementarity between foresight and resilience building of EU and NATO be ensured? Which capability and capacity gaps need to be addressed to meet pressing challenges? Drawing on the lessons learnt: what did we learn from past crisis to manage and anticipate challenges in the future?
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated trends already in motion and brought about new challenges. NATO and the EU need to adapt to the new realities and increase the resilience of both their members and the organizations as a whole to act and shape a positive future. Strategic foresight offers the means to do that. Thinking forward while acting now is the main challenge of the two institutions, and setting in motion processes to adapt, act and anticipate has become of paramount importance.