Valentina Superti is Director at the European Commission DG GROW (Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs), responsible for tourism, textiles, social economy and the digitalisation of industry. Her previous responsibilities include being Director for Single Market and Deputy Head of Cabinet of European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, in charge of Industry, SMEs, Galileo and Copernicus.
Mr. Kęstutis Sadauskas is a Lithuanian national. He holds Master degrees from Vilnius University in Political Science/International Relations and Geography. From 1993 until 2006 he worked at the Lithuanian Foreign Service on multilateral issues. In September 2006, Kęstutis Sadauskas was appointed Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Vilnius. From April 2010 until October 2014 he was Head of the Cabinet of Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta responsible for Taxation, Customs, Anti-fraud, Audit, and Statistics.
Since November 2014, Kęstutis Sadauskas has been the Director for Circular Economy and Green Growth at the DG Environment of the European Commission.
On 15th December 2020, the European Commission proposed the Digital Services and Markets Act. We asked MEP Alex Agius Saliba to share with HOTREC his views on the DSA and DMA in the tourism and hospitality industry.
Pedro Lourtie was born on January 15, 1971, in Lisbon. Married, he has three children. He holds a Degree in Economics (University of Lisbon - ISEG) and a Master in European Economic Studies from the Bruges College of Europe, where he was also a Research Assistant after finishing his studies. In 1995, he joined the Portuguese Diplomatic Service, starting at the Directorate for Multilateral Political Directorate and soon after, from 1995 until 1999, as Adviser to the Secretary of State for European Affairs. In 1999, he is posted to the Permanent Representation of Portugal to the EU in Brussels. In 2004, he moved to Washington as Political Counsellor in the Delegation of the European Commission to the United States. When returning to Portugal, in 2005, he held several positions, namely as Diplomatic Adviser to the Prime Minister and, later, as his Chief of Staff. From October 2009 until June 2011, he is Secretary of State for European Affairs in the Portuguese Government. In that period, from 2010 until 2011, he was also the President of the Portuguese National Commission for Human Rights. In 2012 he is posted as Consul General of Portugal in Paris and in 2015 as Ambassador to Tunisia. Since 2016, Ambassador Pedro Lourtie is the Deputy Permanent Representative of Portugal to the European Union.