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Antanas Guoga

Antanas Guoga is a member of the European Parliament, EPP Group, and a well-respected entrepreneur who founded a number of successful international companies as well as a committed philanthropist and former poker legend.  

 Mr. Guoga is an opinion leader known for his efforts in promoting a better climate for entrepreneurship and improving conditions for business opportunities. He has the ability to raise ideas in the European Parliament on how to remove red tape for SMEs, introduce more user-friendly and less complicated regulations, create and improve the single digital market. MEP Guoga believes that the Digital Single Market has huge growth opportunities, including online shopping, start-ups and online businesses.  

MEP Guoga was a shadow rapporteur for the Network and Information Security Directive (NIS) which was the first strategic step in the European Union to encourage countries to cooperate on cybersecurity. He organised numerous events and consultations with stakeholders on cyber security at the European Parliament. Cyber Security and cooperation at the EU level were regularly discussed at his event on ICT and entrepreneurship #SWTICH! that MEP Guoga is organizing four years in a row. Top leading policy makers from the European Parliament as well as the European Commission gathered in Lithuania to discuss the cyber security policy across the EU and globally.   

He supports the idea that market liberalisation and investment in future-oriented technologies such as blockchain is the way forward for the EU. With Blockchain Centre (BC) Vilnius, Mr. Guoga was responsible for the creation of the first blockchain technology centre in Europe. 

Antanas is Coder Dojo and entrepreneurship education and e.skills ambassador in Lithuania. In 2015 Guoga was included in the POLITICO 28 list. The European affairs weekly newspaper chose one person from each of the European Union’s 28 member-states who is shaping, shaking and stirring Europe. In 2016 Guoga was included in the POLITICO 40 list as one of the most influential MEPs. He has been awarded the World Lithuanian of the year prize in 2011.

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