External speakers

Lucio Pench

Director, Fiscal Policies, European Commission, DG ECFIN

Lucio R. Pench, an Italian citizen, has been with the European Commission since 1989. He is Director for fiscal policy in the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs and in this capacity he has been the Commission chief negotiator on the reform of the Stability and Growth Pact. His earlier assignments include heading the fiscal policy and surveillance unit in the same Directorate and a stint as adviser in the Group of Policy Advisers reporting to the Commission President. His interests and publications focus on macro-fiscal issues, including in particular the relationship between policies and the EU institutional frameworks.  He holds a masters' degree in international relations (economics focus) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.