Minister for EU Affairs & Chief Negotiator Egemen BAĞIŞ
Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Egemen BAĞIŞ
Egemen Bagis was first elected to Parliament in 2002 as a deputy of Istanbul. He was appointed as Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator on January 2009 and has been working for full membership negotiations of Turkey since then.
Bagis was the party's Vice Chairman in charge of Foreign Affairs and as a Vice Chairman, he had been a member of AK Party's Central Executive Committee, the party's highest body until 2009.
Bagis was the party's contact person for international relations and diplomacy. He directed and coordinated the party's national and international network and local branches on foreign policy matters. He also coordinated the flow of key global developments to the party leadership.
Egemen Bagis's current titles include:
Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator
Member of the Parliament, representing Istanbul
Between the years 2002 and 2009, Mr. Bagis served as;
AK Party Vice Chairman in charge of Foreign Affairs and Representative Offices
AK Party, Member of the Central Executive Committee
AK Party, Member of the Central Decision Making and Administrative Committee
Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Chairman of Turkey-USA Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Caucus
Chairman of NATO-PA Subcommittee on Transatlantic Relations
Deputy Chairman of the Turkish Delegation to NATO Parliamentary Assembly
As a patron of arts, he served as the founding Chairman of the Advisory Board for "Istanbul 2010 Project", under which, Istanbul was chosen as a European Capital of Culture for the year 2010. Egemen Bagis is also a founding board member of two prominent museums: Istanbul Museum of Modern Art and Santral Museum of Art & Industry.
In June 2006 he was also awarded the Italian Cavaliere State Recognition.
Bagis in the 1990s was the President of the Federation of Turkish American Associations in New York, an umbrella organization. A popular civic leader, Bagis is the only President in this organizations' history, who was unanimously re-elected for two terms. He has also served as the Advisory Board member of Turkish Citizens Abroad, a government body based in Ankara.
Bagis was born in Bingol, Turkey, in 1970. His family originates from the neighboring Siirt province, where his late father, Abdullah Bagis served as mayor from 1974 through 1979.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resources Management as well as a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the Baruch College of The City University of New York.
He is married to Beyhan Bagis, and they have two children.
Last updated: 2010-08-15 07:27:31