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Pierre Defraigne

Madariaga Executive Director

Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation

Pierre Defraigne is currently the Executive Director of the Madariaga – College of Europe Centre. Pierre Defraigne is a visiting professor at the College of Europe in Bruges and at Sciences Po Paris (Paris School of International Affairs)

Previously, Pierre Defraigne was a European civil servant from 1970 to 2005 when he retired as the Deputy Director-General in DG Trade in March 2005 after having been the Head of Cabinet for Pascal Lamy, European Commissioner for Trade (1999-2002). Previously, he was the Director for North-South Relations, and the Head of Cabinet for Etienne Davignon, Vice-President of the European Commission (1977-1983). He has set up the Brussels branch of the French Institute for International Relations (Eur-Ifri), which he managed from 2005 to 2008.

Pierre Defraigne regularly publishes on EU-China relations, eurozone governance and macroeconomic issues through the Centre’s Madariaga Papers. He also frequently publishes articles in numerous newspapers and journals and is invited to speak at conferences as well as interviewed by television and radio stations.

Panel 1 - Getting Closer to a Defence Union?