November 01, 2017

Mario Monti is a distinguished economist who was drafted in as Italy's prime minister amid high political drama and financial uncertainty in late 2011. Having put a lid on the Italian debt crisis through tough negotiations and rapid reforms, Monti announced his resignation in December 2012.

The UF International Center, Center for African Studies, Center for European Studies, UF Classics Department and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service hosted Mr. Monti on Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora to discuss the biggest challenges facing the European Union. Topics of discussion included the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (“Brexit”), migration and refugees within the EU, the European economy, security and the growing rise of far right factions within European governments.

Mr. Monti was one of the founders of a European federalist initiative known as the Spinelli Group, which seeks to promote greater EU integration. Prior to his appointment as Prime Minister, Monti served as Italy’s Minister of Economy and Finances; the European Commissioner for Competition; and the European Commissioner for Internal Market, Services, Customs and Taxation.

Monti graduated from Bocconi University and Yale University, where he studied under Nobel Prize Winner James Tobin.