Pierre Moscovici (French pronunciation: [piɛʁ.mɔs.kɔ.vi.si]; born 16 September 1957) is a French politician currently serving as the European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs. Previously he served as a senior French politician, as Minister of Finance from 2012 to 2014 and as Minister for European Affairs between 1997 and 2002.
Previously a member of the Trotskyist group the Revolutionary Communist League, Moscovici joined the French Socialist Party (PS) in 1984 and has since that time been a member of the Departmental Council of Doubs and of the French and European Parliaments. He has been National Secretary of his party since 1995.
In May 2014 he was entrusted by the Prime Minister of France with a six-month mission to assess how European policies can better contribute to growth and employment. In July 2014 French President Francois Hollande proposed him to be France's representative in the next European Commission. In September 2014 he was named as European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs by President-elect of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.
Pierre Moscovici obtained a DEA in economics and in philosophy, and he graduated from Sciences Po Paris and the École nationale d'administration - National School of Administration, where he studied under Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who became a friend and mentor in politics. He was a president of À gauche en Europe, a group founded by Strauss-Kahn and Michel Rocard and also created his own group "Besoin de Gauche".
In 1988, he moved on to the Ministry for National Education in Minister Lionel Jospin’s cabinet, first as conseiller technique, then as chargé de mission.
From 1990 to 1994, he headed the Public Service Modernisation and Financing Department at the Commissariat général du Plan - French Planning Office.
From 1994 to 1997, he was a Member of the European Parliament.
Elected to the French Parliament from the Doubs département in 1997, he went on to become a Member of the Franche-Comté Regional Council from 1998 to 2004, and of the Doubs département General Council from 1994 to 2002.
From 2007 to 2012, he has been a Member of the French National Assembly (4th constituency in the Doubs), serving on the Foreign Affairs Committee, and subsequently the Finance Committee. He has been Vice-president of the French National Assembly delegation for the European Union.
He was President of the Pays de Montbéliard Agglomération (PMA – Greater Montbéliard Authority) from 2008 to 2012.
In June 2012, he was re-elected to the National Assembly from the 4th constituency in the Doubs.
He serves as a Member of the French National Assembly. In May 2014 he was entrusted by the Prime Minister of France with a six-month mission to assess how European policies can better contribute to growth and employment. In July 2014 French President Francois Hollande proposed him to be France's representative in the next European Commission.
Pierre Moscovici is the Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs. He is in charge of the application of the Stability and Growth Pact, as well as ensuring the economic soundness of Commission proposals and deepening the Economic and Monetary Union of the European Union to create the conditions for jobs, growth and investment, and encouraging further structural reforms. On taxation matters, Commissioner Moscovici is responsible for developing a value added tax system at EU level, improving the functioning of the internal market in both direct and indirect taxation and fighting tax fraud and tax evasion. His responsibilities also include the development and management of an efficient EU customs union.
"We sincerely hope that Greece remains in the eurozone", Moscovici said.
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