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Mario Monti

Mario Monti

President of Bocconi University.

Mario Monti is President of Bocconi University, Milan, and Honorary President of Bruegel, the European think tank he launched in 2005. He is also a member of the Reflection Group “Europe 2020-2030”, created by the European Council and chaired by Felipe González.

In October 2009, European Commission's President José Manuel Barroso entrusted him with the mission of relaunching the single market. His report on A new strategy for the single market, presented on 10 May 2010, includes a map
of legislative proposals to boost Europe's productivity and competitiveness.

As the EU-appointed coordinator for the electricity interconnection between France and Spain, he brokered an agreement between their two heads of government in June 2008. He was also a member of the Attali Committee on French economic growth, set up by President Sarkozy (2007-2008).

Professor Monti was for ten years a member of the European Commission, in charge of the Internal market, Financial services and Tax policy (1995-1999), then of Competition (1999-2004). In addition to tackling a number of high-profile cases (e.g. GE/Honeywell, Microsoft, the German Landesbanken), he introduced radical modernization reforms of EU antitrust and merger control and led, with the US authorities, the creation of the International Competition Network (ICN).

Born in Varese, Italy, in 1943, he graduated from Bocconi University and did graduate studies at Yale University. Prior to joining the European Commission, he had been professor of economics and rector at Bocconi.