Tuesday night during the gala ceremony in Brussels POLITICO unveiled the inaugural POLITICO 28 list—28 people from the European Union’s 28 member states who are transforming European politics. Lithuanian MEP Antanas Guoga named POLITICO’s Annual list of the thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming European politics. This list includes one person from each EU country and represents a wide range of fields – from political figures to activists and artists including Latvian Commissioner Valdis Dombrovski, Danish Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, Duch Princess Mabel, Belgian singer Stromae, Bulgarian MEP Eva Paunova.
„I came to the politics with ideas for the prosperous Lithuania. The country that is bravely changing and visible in the international arena. It is a huge honour and responsibility to be included into the list ant to continue delivering“, – told A.Guoga.
“We started off by asking, who are the most eye-catching people in each of the 28 states of the European Union, from Austria to the United Kingdom?” explained Matthew Kaminski, POLITICO’s European executive editor. POLITICO’s senior editors in Brussels solicited nominations widely, and finalized and ranked the list throughout the autumn.
“Our list comprises people who aren’t in obviously powerful positions or those with overwhelming popular appeal, but who are, nonetheless, on the cusp of power, where the greatest influence is so often exerted. “Those on our list all have the ability to shape their sphere of impact, whether it be a country, a transnational activity, a legal system, a referendum, a religion, a crisis, or even the very notion of the European identity.” added Matthew Kaminski.
A. Guoga thinks that POLITICO evaluated not only his work in the European Parliament but also his continuous work in changing the approach of the Lithuanian society towards the individual initiative, youth entrepreneurship and digital market. “I was asked how I inspire people. I am pretty sure that the ups and downs in my life is the example that one should never give up and change theirs and others lives“, – added Lithuanian politician.
Lithuanian MEP Antanas Guoga, Bulgarian MEP Eva Paunova and Executive Editor of Greek newspaper Kathimerini Alexis Papahelas were participating in the debate moderated by POLITICO editorial leadership. They shared their opinions about achievements, positions and outlook on Europe’s future challenges and opportunities.
POLITICO 28 annual list is modeled by The POLITICO 50, POLITICO Magazine’s annual recognition of the 50 ideas that are changing American politics and the people around them.
See the full list of #ΠOLITICO 28: www.politico.eu/politico28
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