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Europe’s Neighborhood Policy: Promoting Development by Exporting Institutions to Eastern Europe and North Africa
Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Center for Global Development 1800 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Third Floor 10:00am-11:30am
Speakers: Bertin Martens - Regional Economist for the Middle East & South Mediterranean, Directorate General for External Relations, European Commission David Roodman - Research Fellow, Center for Global Development
Since the accession of ten new member states the European Union has launched a new effort to draw its neighbors, from Ukraine to Morocco, closer to the EU. This engagement goes beyond trade and aid to include participation in various internal EU policies and programs but stops short of offering full membership. Economic and political governance are high on the agenda. Bertin Martens will explain how this effort reinforces previous policies and could contribute to real change in the political and economic landscape around the EU.
Bertin Martens is Regional Economist for the Middle East & South Mediterranean in the European Commission’s Directorate General for External Relations. He joined the European Commission in 1990 and has worked on various assignments in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe before. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Free University of Brussels and has been a Visiting Fellow at George Mason and Stanford universities. His academic research interests focus on institutional economics and governance.