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Reforming the EU: Principles and Pathways
Richard Portes, Richard Corbett, Simon Tilford, Michal Horvath, and Stephanie Flanders.

  • Thursday 16 June 2016, 5.31PM to 7.00pm
  • Free admission
    Booking required
  • LMB030/031, Law and Management Building, University of York (map)
  • Wheelchair accessible

Event details

University of York

Richard Portes, Founder and President of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, will deliver the keynote address.  This will be followed by a debate on how to effect meaningful reform. Speakers include:

  • Richard Corbett, MEP for Yorkshire and Humber
  • Stephanie Flanders,  JP Morgan
  • Michal Horvath, University of York
  • Simon Tilford, Centre for European Reform 

About the speakers 

Richard Portes, Professor of Economics at London Business School, is Founder and President of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), Directeur d'Etudes at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, and Senior Editor and Co-Chairman of the Board of Economic Policy. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and of the British Academy. He is a member of the Group of Economic Policy Advisers to the President of the European Commission, of the Steering Committee of the Euro50 Group, and of the Bellagio Group on the International Economy.

Professor Portes was a Rhodes Scholar and a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, and has also taught at Princeton, Harvard, and Birkbeck College (University of London). He has been Distinguished Global Visiting Professor at the Haas Business School, University of California, Berkeley, and Joel Stern Visiting Professor of International Finance at Columbia Business School. His current research interests include international macroeconomics, international finance, European bond markets and European integration.

Richard Corbett is Deputy Leader of the Labour Members of the European Parliament, part of the centre-left Socialists and Democrats group. He was first elected as an MEP in 1996, and has represented Yorkshire and Humber since 1999. He is also Vice-President of the UK European Movement and Chair in the European Parliament of the Labour Movement for Europe. In the European Parliament, he sits on the Constitutional Affairs, Fisheries, and Economic and Monetary Affairs committees. Prior to being an MEP, he worked in the voluntary sector and then as a civil servant. He has co-written two university textbooks: The European Union: How Does it Work? and The European Parliament.

Stephanie Flanders is Chief Market Strategist for the UK and Europe at JP Morgan Asset Management. She was the BBC Economics Editor from 2008 to 2013 and has also served as senior advisor and speechwriter to US Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers and an Economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Dr Michal Horvath is a Lecturer in the Department of Economics and Related Studies at the University of York. Before coming to York, he was a Research Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford between 2009 and 2014. Between 2012 and 2015, he served a three-year term as one of the founding members of Slovakia's Council for Budget Responsibility - an independent fiscal watchdog. From 2008 to 2010, Michal was a member of the Economic and Financial Committee of the European Union and the Eurogroup Working Group on behalf of Slovakia. At present, his external engagement activities include advising the Network of EU Independent Fiscal Institutions.

Simon Tilford is Deputy Director of the Centre for European Reform in London. He works on the political economy of the eurozone, fiscal and monetary policy, supply-side reforms in the EU, innovation policy, competition policy, social inequality, environmental economics, Germany and the UK. Simon previously worked as an economist and consultant at the Economist Intelligence Unit in London, and before that was an international economist at Nomura International. He has acted as an advisor to the European Commission, several EU governments and central banks, the House of Lords, and various financial institutions, multinationals and business federations. He has published opinion pieces in numerous newspapers, including the Financial Times, the International New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Les Echos, Il Sole 24, and The Guardian, and regularly comments on European developments in the media.


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