EPC team

Senior Advisers

Hans Martens
Hans Martens
Senior Adviser to EPC on energy, public service reform and CHES

Hans Martens has been Chief Executive of the European Policy Centre from 2002 until 30 September 2013.

Born in Denmark, Hans studied Political Science at Aarhus University and went on to become Associate Professor in international political and economic relations.

In 1979, he joined the Danish Savings Bank Association as Editor-in-Chief and Head of Information. From 1982 to 1985, he was Head of the International Department of the Salaried Employees Federation, a Danish trade union, where he took charge of the organisation’s international relations, including with the OECD and the ILO. In 1985, he joined the Copenhagen Handelsbank, initially in charge of the Economic Department and later as Head of the International Private Banking Department. There, he was responsible for economic analysis and forecasting, and for developing the bank’s investment and capital market products. In 1989 he set up Martens International Consulting.

Hans is a regular lecturer at Universities and Business Schools in Europe and in the US. He is an expert on European competitiveness issues, monetary and macroeconomic issues, demographics and the Digital Economy, including eGovernment.


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Media appearances

7 June 2013
Baku hosts 'EU-Azerbaijan: security and integration' conference

BBC Newsnight - Breakdown in the negotiations
23 November 2012

OECD Observer
25 June 2012
Look out, not in

4 May 2012
Ein Wachstumspakt ist unverzichtbar

20 March 2012
Europe needs a Digital Single Market

Public Service Europe
1 March 2012
Europe's public sector should embrace digital mindset

Danish radio - Commissions growth forecast
24 February 2012

Slovenian TV on how to get growth going in Europe
21 February 2012

Deutsche Welle (radio) on Euro crises
21 February 2012

Swedish radio - Euro crises
21 February 2012

Interview on Greek economic situation to Deutsche Welle (TV)
13 February 2012

Interview on Greek economic situation to ADNKronos, Italy
13 February 2012

La Vanguardia (Spain)
10 November 2011
European immigation

28 October 2011
Y a-t-il encore un risque de contagion?

Adevaul Europa
29 June 2011
Romania in Schengen

L’Espresso (Italian magazine)
28 October 2010
The changes needed to Europe’s welfare systems

8 October 2010
Cohesion funds

European Voice
23 September 2010
EU’s need for a sea change towards innovation

The Malaysian Insider
14 May 2010
EU financial reforms in regards to debt crisis

New Zealand Herald
30 April 2010
The Greek crisis

24 April 2010
The Greek Bail-out

L’Echo (Belgian economic daily)
25 March 2010
EU’s economic tribulations

New York Times
3 March 2010
Europe 2020 Strategy

19 January 2010
Greece’s position vis-a-vis the euro

27 May 2009
Where next for the Lisbon Agenda

NRC Handelsblad
12 May 2009
Denmark still hasn’t got over the issue of Yes or No to the European Union

16 February 2009
EU single market

Die Presse (Austria)
4 February 2009
European Economic Area

Time magazine
31 December 2008
Is the Euro the New Dollar?

New Europe
1 December 2008
The stimulus package

15 October 2008
Where would we be without the euro?

2 October 2008
Europe's Bank Scare

Financial Express (India)
4 June 2008
Food and energy

25 March 2008
Why the internal market needs a fifth freedom

Wall Street Journal - The real threat to social Europe is demography
16 April 2007

European Voice
4 April 2007
Cleaner environment – a price worth paying