The view from Brussels: A breakfast round-table discussion with Karel Lannoo (CEPS)

Held on Monday, February 18, 2019


  • Karel Lannoo (CEPS)



I am sure many of you know Karel Lannoo, a friend of the CSFI for many years.

He is the chief executive of CEPS – the Centre for European Policy Studies, - in Brussels, which has been at the heart of economic and financial thinking about Europe since 1983. He (with Daniel Gros) heads a team of 60 researchers covering all EU policy areas. His Board (CEPS is a non-profit “international association”) is headed by the former Commission V-P, Joaquin Almunia, and includes such euro-luminaries as Onno Ruding, Etienne Davignon and our own Lord Simon.

In other words, Karel is deeply enmeshed in the European establishment – and in the Brussels nomenklatura. But he is also a director of the Spanish Bolsas y Mercados and has published several books on capital markets, MiFID and the GFC. So he knows his financial onions.

What I hope he will give us is a clearer insight into the thinking of the European institutions (Commission, Council and Parliament) on the future of financial services post-Brexit – or, if we don’t Leave, to what extent decisions already (or about to be) taken can be unwound. This is a tricky area, but I cannot think of anyone better placed to shine a light.

I don’t expect this to be a big event, but Karel is worth a detour – and we will have tea, coffee and buns to help get minds in gear. If you (or a colleague) would like to join us, please let us know by emailing or by calling the Centre on 02076211056.

Many thanks,

Andrew Hilton