Graham Bishop is renowned for his vision and the courage to propose radical ideas, yet ground them in a mastery of the technical details of the financial system… to the extent that he has even been referred to as a one-man think tank. His recent appointment as a Professorial Research Fellow at London Metropolitan University’s Global Policy Institute illustrates his standing. Moreover, he was recently re-elected to the National Executive (and then to the Executive Committee) of the UK branch of the European Movement.
Due to his influence at the meeting point of politics, economics and finance, President Barroso appointed him in 2013 to be a member of the European Commission’s Expert Group looking into initiatives for the joint issuance of debt in the form of a redemption fund and eurobills (link to Commission press release; Graham’s press release).
For the past three years, Graham has been developing a proposal for a ‘Temporary Eurobill Fund’. He has already presented the idea to both the European Commission and European Parliament, as well as around the EU. As a result, the concept has evolved substantially. Such a development would change the euro area government debt market dramatically and mark another step towards “Completing the Economic and Monetary Union.” Graham Bishop’s Plan for a Temporary Eurobill Fund as a Stepping Stone to Stage 2.
A dedicated Europhile, Graham offers his experience and insights on a pro bono basis in key fields to EU policy-makers. His influence with them has built up since the early 1990s, when he pointed out to the Maastricht Treaty negotiators that government debt would have a fundamentally different quality in a common currency. He went on to play a key role in designing the changeover to the euro of national currencies, and of Europe’s capital markets.
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