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Fabian Zuleeg
Chief Executive and Chief Economist 

 
Since October 2013, Dr. Fabian Zuleeg is Chief Executive of the European Policy Centre, with overall responsibility, including providing strategic direction, managing its staff and resources and representing the EPC. He remains Chief Economist at the same time (a post he has held since January 2010). Fabian holds a PhD on the political economy of EU accession from Edinburgh University. Before coming to the EPC he has worked as an economic analyst in academia, the public and the private sector.

His analysis focuses on EU economic policies, including economic governance and Economic and Monetary Union, EU budget, industrial policy, trade, Single Market, European labour markets and Europe's economic & social model. He has a long-standing interest in the political economy of European integration, with a particular focus on the UK-EU relationship, analysing the impact of Brexit on the UK and the rest of the EU, as well as the process of separation.

Fabian was appointed to the Standing Council on Europe, established by Scotland’s First Minister after the Brexit vote in June 2016, and he is an Adviser to the Scottish Parliament’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee. He is currently a Member of the Executive Board of Transparency International EU, Honorary Fellow at the Europa Institute of the University of Edinburgh and Honorary Professor at Heriot Watt University, as well as being on the Advisory Board of the Scottish Centre on European Relations (SCER) and the Advisory Board for the NI/IRL Brexit Witness project. He also chairs the Selection Committee for the European Friends of Accounts for the King Baudouin Foundation.

Fabian works closely with decision-makers in the European institutions, the EPC members and partners and the wider Brussels stakeholder community. Fabian regularly comments on current political and economic issues in the EU in the media. He also chairs and contributes to a wide range of debates, conferences and seminars and has researched and published widely on European integration and on European economic and social policies.

PROGRAMME

Europe’s Political Economy

PROJECTs

Areas of expertise

Europe’s political economy, Future of Europe, economic governance & EMU, EU budget, industrial policy, trade, Single Market, European labour markets, Europe's economic & social model(s), Brexit & the EU-UK relationship

Current positions

Member of the Standing Council on Europe of Scotland’s First Minister
Honorary Professor, Heriot Watt University
Honorary Fellow at the Europa Institute, University of Edinburgh
Chair of the Selection Committee for the European Friends of Accounts, King Baudouin Foundation
Adviser to the Scottish Parliament’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee
Member of the Executive Board, Transparency International EU
Member of the Advisory Board of the Scottish Centre on European Relations (SCER)
Member of the Advisory Board for the NI/IRL Brexit Witness project

Education

PhD in Economics (The Political Economy of Accession of the Central and Eastern European Countries to the EU), Edinburgh University
MSc in Economics, Glasgow University
MA in Economics and International Relations, St Andrews University

Languages

German, English

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Publications

EU Governance / COMMENTARY
Europe in the age of permacrisis
By Fabian Zuleeg , Ricardo Borges de Castro , Janis Emmanouilidis - 11/03/2021
Brexit / DISCUSSION PAPER
The EU–UK relationship: It is what it is
By Fabian Zuleeg , Jannike Wachowiak - 17/02/2021
Brexit / COMMENTARY
Boris Johnson’s brinkmanship: To the cliff edge or beyond?
By Fabian Zuleeg , Jannike Wachowiak - 03/12/2020
Single market / COMMENTARY
The end of the level playing field?
By Fabian Zuleeg - 01/10/2020
Brexit / COMMENTARY
Brexit: Endgame
By Fabian Zuleeg - 08/09/2020


Contributions

Future of Europe / BOOK
Towards a Win-Win Package Deal and More Effective Decision-making in a Union Faced with Disruptive Change
In chapter 11 of the book “European Futures: Challenges and Crossroads for the European Union of 2050”, Johannes Greubel and Fabian Zuleeg analyse the current state of the EU, arguing that whereas progress has been made in a lot of areas during the past years, there is still a lot of unfinished business and fundamental challenges that member states need to address. In order to counter those challenges, the EU27 need to agree on a win-win package deal in many policy areas and improve the EU’s decision-making system. 

You can find the full publication here.


“European Futures: Challenges and Crossroads for the European Union of 2050”
31 March 2021 - London,
Routledge
Brexit / PODCAST
GEU Podcast: How does Brexit affect Europe’s global ambitions?
Fabian Zuuleg was a guest in the Global Europe Unpacked podcast hosted by William Murry. The podcast is available here.

GEU Podcast: How does Brexit affect Europe’s global ambitions?
28 January 2021 - ,
LINKS Europe Stichting
Future of Europe / PANEL DISCUSSION
What will Europe look like in twenty years?

What will Europe look like in twenty years?
22 September 2018 - Scotland, United Kingdom
Wigtown Book Festival, Scotland


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