Lukas MANDL (born 12 July 1979) is an Austrian elected official, who has been a Member of the European Parliament since November 2017 and was re-elected in 2019. He is Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE) and a member of the committees on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) as well as Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) committee. Mandl is a strong advocate for the transatlantic alliance and aims to improve the relationship between the EU and Israel as the Chairman of the multipartisan and interparliamentary Transatlantic Friends of Israel group in the European Parliament. As Chair of the Korea-Delegation, he is also responsible for the Parliament’s relations with both North and South Korea. Another focus of his work is the promotion of EU integration of all six Western Balkan countries. In October 2019, he was appointed as the EPP-shadow rapporteur for Kosovo. Having been active on almost every political level, Mandl knows about the importance of subsidiarity. Prior to becoming a MEP, Mandl was a Member of the State Parliament of Lower Austria, where he was Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs. In addition, Mandl served as Vice Mayor of his hometown Gerasdorf. Mandl holds a degree (Mag. Phil.) in Communications from the University of Vienna and was a Lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. He has three children.
Speaks on: 09:00 - 09:15 | OFFICIAL OPENING OF DAY 2