I was very proud to have been elected as successor to Mario Monti.
My time as a Chairman of Bruegel (2008-2011) overlapped with the global financial crisis.
This situation had increased the need for fact-based, high quality policy research, which would be widely communicated to the public and policy makers. I think that Bruegel successfully met this challenge.
For example, the number of media mentions about Breugel’s work increased from 400 in 2007 to 3,548 in 2011. Bruegel has also expanded in presence in the EU member states, especially in Central and Eastern Europe.
Of course, these successes were due, first of all, to the staff of Bruegel, ably directed by Jean Pisani-Ferry. It was a pleasure for me to work with them, and especially with Jean.