Hans Tietmeyer

In 1999, Hans Tietmeyer, president of the Deutsche Bundesbank (1993-1999), spoke at the 7th Europe Lecture. The theme of this lecture was 'the Euro: the new common currency'. Nout Wellink i gave an introduction.

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Hans Tietmeyer

As former president of the German Central Bank and junior minister of finance Hans Tietmeyer came to the forefront of monetary politics at the time the euro was conceived. He was and is seen as a stern defender of policies that made the D-Mark into a stable and hard currency. He continued to stress the importance of a solid euro even if, in the long run, it would mean member states would face severe economic reforms.

After his time in public office he continued work in the public sphere as advisor to a number of committees and expert groups on monetary affairs and (public) finance. Hans Tietmeyer also became active in the boards of several larger companies and banks, and accepted several positions at academic institutions. He has received numerous awards and honours for his work on financial and monetary issues, and his public service.

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Lecture

It is a great honour and pleasure for me to address you here in Utrecht this evening. Holding a Europe Lecture in The Netherlands is really something special. In your open-minded, lively and progressive country, European spirit and culture are at home. Since the establishment of the European ‘Community of six’, your country has certainly ranked among the most integration-oriented nations in the EU. So it comes as no surprise to find that some of the most momentous decisions have been taken under Dutch presidencies.

Particularly in the field of monetary integration, European history has undoubtedly been written in The Netherlands."

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Previous speakers

Year

Speaker

Moderator

Theme

2014

Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga i

Jonathan Holslag i

Tom de Bruijn i

Peace and Security i

2013

F.W. de Klerk i

Karel van Wolferen i

Bernard Bot i

Europe in the World i

2010

Herman van Rompuy i

Frans Timmermans i

Europa 2030

2009

Jan Peter Balkenende i

Jacek Saryusz-Wolksi i

Europa: een unieke geschiedenis, een unieke toekomst i

2001

Javier Solana i

Dick Benschop i

Enlargement of European Union: Opportunity of Threat? i

2000

Gerhard Aigner i

Margo Vliegenthart i

EURO 2000 and the Social Significance of Sport i

1999

Hans Tietmeyer i

Nout Wellink i

The Euro: The New Common Currency i

1998

Jan Hoet i

Rudi Fuchs i

Beeldende kunst in Europa i

1997

Mary Robinson i

Wim Kok i

Europe, the Need for Self-Reflection i

1996

Richard Goldstone i

Maarten van Traa i

Human Rights, Peace and Justice in Europe i

1995

Raymond Kendall i

Arthur Doctors van Leeuwen i

Law Enforcement in Europe i

1994

Lord Peter Carrington i

Berend-Jan van Voorst tot Voorst i

Peace and Security in Europe i

1993

Jacques Attali i

Wim Duisenberg i

The Costs of European Reconstruction i