Deputy Director-General in the European Commission, Dr. Katarína Mathernová, gives inaugural lecture at Vesalius College

Dr. Katarína Mathernová, newly appointed professor of International Affairs, gave her inaugural lecture on Monday, 22 January.

Mathernová is currently Deputy Director-General in the European Commission’s Directorate-General Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR).

In her lecture, Mathernová analysed major trends that have emerged in Europe and its periphery and reflected on how Europe should and will change in order to address challenges and seize opportunities.

Mathernová also explored the tensions between economic efficiency and equality as well as explosive technological development and resistance, or ‘technolash’.

Finally, referring back to the period of Velvet Revolutions in Central Europe, Prof. Mathernová raised important questions about Europe’s mission to promote its values as well as protect its strategic interests.

Previous to her work for the European Commission, Mathernová had an accomplished career, including senior positions at the World bank, the Office of Slovakia’s Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, and the field of corporate finance law.

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Dr. Mathernová holds an LLM from the University of Michigan and a Doctor Juris from Comenius University.