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EPC names new Chief Executive

21 June 2013

The European Policy Centre has named its new Chief Executive.

Dr Fabian Zuleeg, who is currently the EPC’s Chief Economist and heads its ‘Europe’s Political Economy’ programme, will take over as Chief Executive from Hans Martens during September 2013.

Fabian said “this is an exciting opportunity to head up one of Europe’s key think tanks at a time when sound analysis and open debate is needed more than ever. I am looking forward to continue working with the EPC team and Governing Board, its strategic partners, its membership and its large network of EPC friends and EU policymakers to set it on a successful path for the next decade”.

Hans Martens will step down by end September after 11 years at the head of the EPC, during which time it has gone from strength to strength as a leading Brussels think tank, helping to shape policy developments and working at the cutting edge of EU affairs to give its members and the public the tools they need to understand the complex world of EU politics.

Hans said: “I have had a very satisfying time at the helm of the EPC but after more than a decade I felt it was time for a new start for the EPC and for me. The appointment of Fabian as Chief Executive provides the organisation with the opportunity to build on its strengths and successes, ensuring that the EPC will continue to provide high quality debate, analysis and networking opportunities, contributing to making European integration work.”

After an open competition, the decision to appoint Fabian Zuleeg was taken by the Governing Board, made up of non-executive directors (administrateurs) and responsible for the overall management of the EPC (day-to-day management is assigned to the Chief Executive).

The Head of the Governing Board, former European Commissioner Meglena Kuneva, commented that “after more than a decade in which Hans Martens has established the EPC as one of the key European think tanks, the EPC can now move forward under the direction of Fabian Zuleeg, providing European policymakers with the ideas and recommendations they need to address the major challenges Europe faces. I would like to thank Hans for all the work he has done and wish Fabian much success”.

EPC President Philippe Maystadt, former president of the European Investment Bank, noted that “decision-makers need good policy analysis and ideas more than ever, and think tanks are well-placed to provide that. I am confident that the EPC will continue to do so in its established excellent way under its new leadership”.


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