09 April 2013
Dinner: The future for Europe and the Euro: whither Europe?
Background:Professor Grzegorz Kolodko is one of the world's leading authorities on economics and development policy and a key architect of Poland's successful economic reforms. He is the author of nearly 40 books published in 23 languages, with his most successful work to date being Truth, Errors and Lies: Politics and Economics in a Volatile World, where Professor Kolodko applies his far-reaching knowledge to the past and future of the world economy, introducing a framework for understanding our global situation that transcends any single discipline or paradigm. Well known journalist and commentator, Andrew Ziemski, said about Kolodko's book that is was of the same stature as “Alvin Toffler's `Future Shock', published in 1970, and Francis Fukuyama's 1989 `The End of History'. The whole civilized world talked about them. This book will play a similar role.”
While Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance in Poland from 1994 through 1997 he led Poland to the OECD and, holding the same positions again in 2002 through 2003, he played an important role in Poland's integration with the European Union. Effectively the third most prominent politician in Poland through the last two decades, he is renowned for his economic thinking, and we are honoured to host him for this evening of insights into the future of Europe and the euro.
Graham will provide a response to Professor Kolodko’s speech. Graham Bishop was a member of the European Commission's Consultative Group on the Impact of the Euro on Capital Markets (the Giovannini Group). He was a Member of the Commission's Strategy Group on Financial Services responsible for creating the Financial Services Action Plan, and the Committee of Independent Experts on the preparation of the changeover to the single currency. He was nominated by the European Parliament to be one of its two members of the first Inter-Institutional Monitoring Group, as foreseen by the Lamfalussy Report, and was Rapporteur for the spring 2003 and November 2004 Reports. Since 2005 he has been on the Board of the Kangaroo Group and re-elected in 2007, 2009 and 2011.