Economic and Financial Affairs

Mario Monti

Mario Monti

Mario Monti is President of Bocconi University and Honorary President of Bruegel, the European think tank he launched in 2005. He is also a member of the Reflection Group on the Future of Europe set up by the European Council and chaired by Felipe González.

Mr. Monti served as European Commissioner in charge of the Internal Market, Financial Services and Taxation from 1995 to 1999 and then as European Commissioner for Competition (1999-2004). In the latter position, he handled a number of well-known cases such as General Electric/Honeywell, Microsoft, and the German Landesbanken. He also introduced a radical reform of EU antitrust and merger controls and led, with the US authorities, the creation of the International Competition Network (ICN).

As EU coordinator for the France-Spain electricity interconnection, he brokered the agreement between Prime Ministers Fillon and Zapatero in June 2008. Mr. Monti was also a member of the Attali Committee on French economic growth, set up by President Sarkozy (2007-2008).

Mr. Monti is an international advisor to Goldman Sachs and a member of the advisory board of the Coca-Cola Company.

Mr. Monti graduated from Bocconi University and continued his studies at Yale University. Prior to joining the Commission, he was a professor of economics and subsequently Rector at Bocconi University, his alma mater.