Press release
13.10.14

Enderlein and Pisani-Ferry prepare Franco-German reform paper for Ministries of Economic Affairs

Henrik Enderlein and Jean Pisani-Ferry, both Professors at the Hertie School of Governance, have been tasked by the German and French governments with preparing proposals for economic reforms in both countries.

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Berlin, 13 October 2014 - Henrik Enderlein and Jean Pisani-Ferry, both Professors at the Hertie School of Governance, have been tasked by the German and French governments with preparing proposals for economic reforms in both countries. By mid-November, they will present an analysis that identifies the need for structural reforms and public investments to the Ministers of Economic Affairs Sigmar Gabriel and Emmanuel Macron. Ultimately the goal is also to explore possible joint initiatives for the two countries to reignite Europe’s growth engine. The two economists will make concrete suggestions for an action plan until 2017. “As the two biggest economies in Europe, France and Germany have an important responsibility in ensuring Europe’s prompt recovery and return to the growth path,” said both ministries as background to this initiative.  

Henrik Enderlein is Associate Dean and Professor for Political Economy at the Hertie School. Since January 2014 he has also served as the Director of the Jacques Delors Institute – Berlin, a jointly founded think tank by the Hertie School and the Paris-based Jacques Delors Institut Notre Europe. After studying economics and political science at Sciences Po in Paris and Columbia University in New York, he completed a PhD at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. From 2001 until 2003, he worked as an economist at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, before taking up a Junior Professorship in Economics at the Free University Berlin in 2003.

Jean Pisani-Ferry is Commissioner-General for Policy Planning, reporting to the French Prime Minister and has been Professor of Economics and Public Management at the Hertie School since 2013. He contributed to founding the Brussels-based economic think tank Bruegel in 2005 and served as its Director. Pisani-Ferry previously held positions at the French institute for international economics, the Group of Economic Policy Analysis and the European Commission. He has taught at Université Paris-Dauphine, Ecole Polytechnique, and the Université libre de Bruxelles. His most recent book The Euro Crisis and its Aftermath (Oxford University Press) was published in 2014.