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Peter Becker

Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik

Peter Becker, M.A., is a member of the research division “EU Integration” of the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), a leading German think tank and the founding institution behind the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. His areas of expertise are the future of the European Union, German European policy, enlargement of the European Union, social and economic policies in the internal market. His current focus lies on the agenda 2007-2013 and the negotiations on the financial perspective, the future of the European structural policy, the Lisbon Strategy and the future of the European Social Model.

Iain Begg

London School of Economics

Iain Begg is a Professorial Research Fellow at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science. His main research work is on the political economy of European integration and EU economic governance. He has directed and participated in a series of research projects on different facets of EU policy and his current projects include studies on the governance of EU economic and social policy, the EU’s Lisbon strategy, the social impact of globalisation and reform of the EU budget. Other recent research projects include work on policy co-ordination under EMU and cohesion policy.

Henrik Enderlein

Hertie School of Governance

Henrik Enderlein, PhD, is Associate Dean and Academic Director of the Master of Public Policy (MPP) at the Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) where he is a professor for political economics.


Ole Funke

Federal Foreign Office

Ole Funke is a policy analyst at the Federal Foreign Office where he focuses on the EU Budget, the negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework as well as on issues relating to European Economic Policy and the ECOFIN council.




Ulrike Guérot

European Council on Foreign Relations

Ulrike Guérot is the Head of European Studies at the German chapter of the European Council on Foreign Relations, where her work is focused on European institutions, the integration process as well as German-French and German-American relations. She is member of the executive board of Europa-Professionell.Dr. Guérot holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Münster and has thaught at the political science department at Berlin’s Humboldt University and the Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies. She has also worked for the Groupement d’Etudes et de Recherches Notre Europe in Paris and the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the German Bundestag.

Friedrich Heinemann

Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)

Friedrich Heinemann, PhD, is head of the research division “Company taxation and public finance” of the Centre for European Economic Research ZEW (Mannheim). He holds a PhD of the University of Mannheim. He wrote his thesis about the “Constitutional rules governing public finances and the EU competences after Maastricht” (“Die Finanzverfassung und Kompetenzausstattung der Europäischen Union nach Maastricht”). He teaches political economics at the University of Heidelberg, is a member of the executive board of the research group European Integration „Arbeitskreises Europäische Integration e.V.“ (Berlin) and a member of the scientific board of directors of the Institute for European Politics IEP (Berlin).His current research focus are the European Union and integration process, Federalism in Germany and Europe, fiscal policy and tax competition.

Bernhard Herz

Bayreuth University

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Herz is professor for Money and International Economics at Bayreuth University.  His main areas of interests include monetary theory and policy, European economic integration and international economics. He has taught at Stanford University, the University of Greifswald and UC Berkeley. In 2005, he was a Visiting Fellow at the European Commission in Brussels.

Tim Nover

Federal Foreign Office

Tim Nover is a policy analyst at the Federal Foreign Office where he focuses on Cohesion Policy and the negotiations for the next EU Multiannual Financial Framework. He holds a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance.


Jorge Nuñez Ferrer

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
Jorge Nuñez Ferrer is an associate research fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies at Brussels (CEPS) specialised on the EU budget, in particular structural, agricultural and R&D policies. He holds a PhD from Imperial College and a MSc in Agricultural Economics from Wye College, both University of London.


Mojmir Mrak

University of Lubljana
Mojmir Mrak is part of the Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana since 1995. He has degrees in National Economics and Development Finance and Banking Management of the University of Ljubljana and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Belgrade (in Development Finance and External Debt Management).


Steffen Osterloh

Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)
Steffen Osterloh holds a degree in political economics from the University of Mannheim. He has been working as a research associate at the Centre for European Economic Research ZEW (Mannheim) since 2006 surveying the field of “company taxation and public finance”. His current focus lies on political economy and European integration, most notably European tax competition and EU budget.


Daniela Schwarzer

Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik

Daniela Schwarzer, PhD, is head of the research division “EU Integration” of the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), a leading German think tank and the founding institution behind the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. Her areas of expertise are economic governance in the EU, crisis management in the Euro-zone, Franco-German relations, perspectives for integration in the EU-27. Her current focus lies on fiscal and economic policy co-ordination in the EU, handling of sovereign defaults, French foreign and European policy, functioning of the Euro-group.


Jan Seifert

Green Alliance

Jan Seifert is a PhD student at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore (NUS). His research focus is on transparency, the European Union and its budget. Prior to his move to Singapore, he has worked, inter alia, in the team for environmental policy and sustainability at the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin, as freelance contributor to followthemoney.eu, a blog about the EU budget and as assistant to a senior member of the European Parliament’s Budget Committee. He was President of The Young European Federalists from 2005 to 2007.