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Georg Riekeles
Associate Director and Head of Europe's Political Economy programme
Georg Emil Riekeles is Associate Director at the European Policy Centre.

Before joining the EPC, Georg served as diplomatic adviser to EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier during the four years of Brexit negotiations with the UK. He was in charge of relations with EU member states and the European Parliament during the withdrawal negotiations, and then took on responsibility for strategy and communication during the negotiations on the future partnership.

Previously, Georg was an adviser for security and defence at the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), the European Commission’s in-house think tank. In that capacity, he worked helped initiate and develop significant new Commission initiatives in the areas of defense as part of President Juncker’s programme, and worked on EU-NATO relations.

Georg also served as member of cabinet to Commission Vice-President and Commissioner Michel Barnier in the period 2010-2014, working on digital and single market reforms, as well as inter-institutional relations in the context of the post-financial crisis regulatory agenda.

Before moving to Belgium, Georg worked in ministerial cabinets at the French Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the French Ministry of Foreign and European affairs, as well as in the private and non-profit sectors in France.

Georg holds a master’s degree in political science from l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, and studied economics and philosophy at the London School of Economics.

Besides Belgium and France, Georg has lived in the UK and the US. He is of Norwegian nationality and grew up in Oslo.

Georg enjoys skiing, cycling and the outdoors.

PROGRAMME

Europe’s Political Economy

PROJECTs

Areas of expertise

International negotiations, trade, EU’s international role, security and defense, single market, digital policies, EU governance and interinstitutional relations, future of Europe

Current positions

Education

Diplôme de l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po)
BSc Philosophy and Economics, London School of Economics

Languages

French, English, Norwegian, Italian, German (basics)

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Publications

Transatlantic affairs / EPC ROUND-UP
Searching for economic security in an age of confrontation: The Trade and Technology Council takes shape
By Annika Hedberg , Stefan Sipka , Guillaume Van der Loo , Frederico Mollet , Georg Riekeles , Andrea García Rodríguez , Simon Dekeyrel , Evin Jongen-Fay - 19/05/2022
Conference on the Future of Europe / DRAFT BLUEPRINT & TIMELINE
After the Conference on the Future of Europe – Moving into a new era
By Corina Stratulat , Janis A. Emmanouilidis , Johannes Greubel , Georg Riekeles - 06/05/2022
Security & defence / EPC ROUND-UP
Will the Strategic Compass be a game-changer for EU security and defence?
By Amanda Paul , Jamie Shea , Mihai Sebastian Chihaia , Ionela Ciolan , Georg Riekeles , Andrea García Rodríguez - 05/04/2022
Economic governance / COMMENTARY
Europe must prepare for a wartime economy
By Frederico Mollet , Georg Riekeles - 24/03/2022
Future of Europe / REPORT
Conference on the Future of Europe: What worked, what now, what next?
By Corina Stratulat , Johannes Greubel , Theodora Famprikezi , Georg Riekeles , Perle Petit , Dominik Hierlemann - 22/02/2022



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