Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Union, European Commission

Pierre Moscovici was born on the 16th September 1957 in Paris. He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Philosophy and is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA). Between 1994 and 1997 he was Member of the European Parliament and between 2004 and 2007 Vice-President of the European Parliament. Between 1997 and 2002 he was Minister for European Affairs under Lionel Jospin. In 2012, he was the campaign director of the French Socialist candidate François Hollande. In May 2012 he was appointed Minister of the Economy, Finance and Foreign Trade. On the 1st of November 2014 he was appointed Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Union under Juncker’s Commission.


Jörg Monar, Rector, College of Europe

Jörg Monar is Rector of the College of Europe Bruges/Natolin, Warsaw) since September 2013. His previous positions include Director of the Department of Political and Administrative Studies of the College of Europe (2008-2013), Professor of Contemporary European Studies and Co-Director of the Sussex European Institute, University of Sussex (Brighton, UK), Director of the SECURINT Research project on EU internal security governance and Professor at the Robert-Schuman-University (Strasbourg, France) and Professor of Politics and Director of the Centre for European Politics and Institutions Professor of Politics (Leicester, UK). Professor Monar has done advisory/consultancy work for the European Parliament, the European Commission and several European governments (UK, DE, FR, NL). Jörg Monar holds a Doctorate in Modern History from the University of Munich and a Doctorate in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute, Florence. His over 200 publications relate mainly to European Union justice and home affairs and external relations as well as the institutional development of the Union..


Prof. Phedon Nicolaides, Jan Tinbergen Chair for European Economics & Director of the European Economic Studies Department, College of Europe

Phedon A. Nicolaides holds the Jan Tinbergen Chair and is Director of the Department of European Economic Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges. He is also Senior Fellow at Maastricht University. He served as Minister Plenipotentiary in the Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the private sector as Secretary General of the Cyprus Shipping Council. He was also Advisor to the Cyprus Chief Negotiator during the negotiations of Cyprus for accession to the EU. He has acted as consultant to a number of public authorities in various EU Member States and to international institutions and organisations such as the European Commission, the European Investment Fund, the European Economic and Social Committee, the OECD and the UN. Prof. Nicolaides held academic positions at the London Business School, the Royal Institute of International Affairs (London) and the European Institute of Public Administration (Maastricht) and he holds a PhD in economics and in law.


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