Reforms that changed Greece: Crisis and beyond

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Reforms that changed Greece: Crisis and beyond

Wednesday, 9 February 2022 - 5:00pm
Zoom webinar
Jens Bastian (Independent Economic Analyst, based in Athens)
Michael Mitsopoulos (Hellenic Federation of Business)
Calliope Spanou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
Othon Anastasakis (St Antony’s College, Oxford)

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On the occasion of the publication of the book Crisis, Reform and the Way Forward in Greece - A Turbulent Decade
Edited by Calliope Spanou

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Reform is a common theme in Greek political discourse. However, its content remains vague and controversial. Our interventions will discuss reforms in Greece from the point of view of “significant departures from the status quo”. Such a perspective refers to the extent to which reforms address deeper policy issues and challenge existing institutional arrangements in a substantial way. Examples of reforms changing Greece are presented in the fields of public administration, and the business environment. We further discuss some of the reform challenges that lie ahead.

Since October 2013 Jens Bastian established himself as an independent economic consultant and financial sector analyst. From September 2011 to September 2013 Dr Bastian was appointed by the European Commission as a member of the Task Force for Greece in Athens, Greece. His previous professional experience includes working as Lead Economist / Institution Building for the European Agency for Reconstruction, Thessaloniki, Greece, at Alpha Bank in Athens, Greece, as well as various academic positions held at St Antony’s College, Oxford, Nuffield College, Oxford and the London School of Economics. Jens Bastian has been a Senior Policy Analyst with ELIAMEP (Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy) in Athens since 2019. As of April 2022, Jens Bastian was appointed a fellow at the Centre for Applied Turkish Studies (CATS) of the SWP (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik) in Berlin.

Michael Mitsopoulos is Director of Business Environment and Regulatory Affairs at the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV). Previously he worked in the financial sector and as a ministerial adviser. He holds a PhD in Economics from Boston University, USA, has taught at the Athens University of Economics and Business and at the University of Piraeus, Greece, has written books in English and in Greek, and has published articles in the areas of law and economics, education, institutions and growth and taxation.

Calliope Spanou is Professor of Administrative Science and Public Administration at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. From 2011-2015 she was the Greek Ombudsman and she served as Deputy Ombudsman in 2003-2011. She has extensive experience in administrative reform in Greece and in other countries. She holds a PhD (Doctorat d’Etat) in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Picardie, France. She has been guest researcher or professor in various academic institutions in Europe, including the Fondation de la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris France, and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence, Italy.


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