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Centre for Progressive Policy Research (KEPP)

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KEPP was founded in November 2006 by 30 leaders of Greece's academic, professional and political world, aiming to study and initiate progressive ideas and policies that reliably answer the problems of public life nowadays. KEPP realizes research projects and public events, organizes meetings of reflection and dialogue, and coordinates the production of policy oriented papers and books.

Until today, KEPP has organized numerous events with different thematic contents (economy, globalization, international policy, education, health, environment, welfare state, shipping) and has published four books – thematic volumes, on various policy issues: For a Progressive Policy – Kastaniotis publishers, 2007, Orientations for Progressive Governance – Papazissis publishers, 2009, Interventions for Europe – Papazissis publishers 2009 and the book After Ten Years: Euro’s Dynamic – Papazissis publishers 2010.

President of KEPP is Mr. Yannos Papantoniou.

Yannos Papantoniou studied Economics at the University of Athens and the University of Winsconsin (Madison, USA), History at the Sorbonne (Paris) and he obtained the PhD Degree in Economics at the University of Cambridge (UK). In 1977-78 he lectured in the Department of Economics of the University of Athens and from 1978 to 1981 he was a member of the Department of Economics and Statistics of the OECD in Paris.

In 1981, he was elected Member of the European Parliament. Since 1988 he has been elected Member of Parliament for the first District of Athens. Yannos Papantoniou first entered the government in 1985 as Deputy Minister of National Economy. In 1989 he became Minister of Trade. In 1993 he became Alternate Minister of National Economy and from 1994 to 2001 he was Minister of Economy and Finance, and from 2001 to 2004 Minister of National Defense. Yannos Papantoniou is Visiting Senior Fellow in the Hellenic Observatory within the European Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has published numerous articles and books.