|Speech “Growth in the Eurozone” by Mr. Jeroen Dijsselbloem|
North Hall, North Building, Mita Campus
Keio Security Initiative
Faculty of Economics and Institute for Economic Studies, Keio University
Lecture for the 2014 Top Global University Project “Growth in the Eurozone”
Mr. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Minister of Finance of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, President of the Eurogroup, and President of the Board of Governors of the European Stability Mechanism. His speech will be held as a part of the “Keio Security Initiative” for the 2014 Top Global University Project supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
=== Speaker’s Curriculum Vitae ===
Jeroen Dijsselbloem is the current Eurogroup President who is also the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands. He was elected by the members of the Eurogroup on 21 January 2013 for a term of two and a half years. The Eurogroup President chairs Eurogroup meetings, draws up its work programme and represents the Eurogroup in meetings with third parties and in international fora. On February 11, 2013 The Board of Governors of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) elected Jeroen Dijsselbloem as its Chairman. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, born in Eindhoven on 29 March 1966, lives in Wageningen with his partner and two children.
In 1992 Jeroen Dijsselbloem worked as an assistant to the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) Members of the European Parliament in Brussels. He joined the staff of the parliamentary PvdA in The Hague in 1993, where he worked for three years as a policy officer in the area of spatial planning (including the environment, agriculture and nature). Jeroen Dijsselbloem sat on the Wageningen municipal council from 1994 to 1997. In 1996, he became an advisor to the Minister of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries in The Hague, a position he held for two years. He was then appointed deputy head of that ministry’s advisory section, where he remained until 2000. Jeroen Dijsselbloem was a member of the House of Representatives from 28 March 2000 to 22 May 2002 and from 19 November 2002 until taking up his post as minister. He was the party’s spokesperson on education and youth and covered a broad range of other policy issues. From 25 April 2007 to 22 December 2008 he chaired the parliamentary investigation committee on educational reform. On 5 November 2012 Jeroen Dijsselbloem was appointed Minister of Finance in the Rutte-Asscher government. Jeroen Dijsselbloem has been a member of the PvdA since 1985. He became the deputy leader of the PvdA parliamentary party in 2008.
1985: Secondary school, Eindhoven
1985-1991: Degree in agricultural economics, Wageningen University (majors: business economics, agricultural policy and social and economic history)
1991: Business economics research towards master’s degree, University College Cork, Ireland.
Hosts : Faculty of Economics and Institute for Economics, Keio University, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Keio International Center.
Mr. Dijsselbloem entering the North Hall
In the North Hall
Welcome greeting by President Seike
Speech by Mr. Dijsselbloem
Professor Sahoko Kaji, who chaired the lecture, asked Mr. Dijsselbloem what the role of democracy was in maintaining fiscal, demographic and environmental sustainability. In response, he commented that it was important for politicians to openly discuss the costs and benefits of policies with the public and gain understanding of the nation before pursuing policies.
Surrounded by reporters
The event was concluded with closing remarks by H.E. Mr. Radinck J. van Vollenhoven, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Japan.
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