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The President and the Secretary General

According to the Convention setting up the European University Institute, the President of the EUI directs the Institute and is responsible for its administration. The Secretary General assists the President in performing those organisational and administrative duties, and acts as diplomatic liaison for the Institute.

The President

Professor Renaud Dehousse has been President of the European University Institute since 1 September 2016.

RDeHousse_PresEUIPrior to this, Professor Dehousse was a Professor and holder of the Jean Monnet Chair of European Law and Political Science at Sciences Po, where he also directed the Centre for European Studies. After studying law at the University of Liège (Belgium), he obtained a doctorate at the European University Institute.

Before joining Sciences Po in 1999, he taught at the European University Institute, where he led the Academy of European Law, and he also taught at the University of Pisa. He was a visiting professor at the universities of Florence (Cesare Alfieri), Lausanne and at the Law School of the University of Michigan. 

Renaud Dehousse was scientific advisor to the centre for study and research founded by Jacques Delors, Notre Europe. He was a member of several working parties on the reform of European institutions established by the European Commission and the French Government.

His research has been the subject of publications in many international scientific journals, including: Journal of Public Law and Political Science, Journal of Common Market Studies, American Journal of Comparative Law, West European Politics, European Journal of Public Policy, European Journal of International Law, Rivista italiana di diritto pubblico comunitario, Common Market Law Review, European Union Politics.

The Secretary General

Vincenzo Grassi was appointed Secretary General of the EUI in December 2016. He assists and advises the President in all institutional external affairs and diplomatic matters, including relations with EU member states, EU institutions, and third countries. He also deals with the management of the EUI administration and all tasks delegated to him in this regard.


A career diplomat and expert on European Institutions, Vincenzo Grassi served most recently as Italy’s Ambassador to Belgium. He has been Italy’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the European Union (2007-2012), and subsequently Principal Director for European Integration at the DG for the EU within Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2013). He was appointed Head of the Department for European Policies (DPE) within the Presidency of the Council of Ministers in 2014, before returning to the Italian Foreign Ministry’s Directorate General for Cultural and Economic Promotion and Innovation.

Secretary General Grassi obtained his laurea magistrale in Law from the University of Naples Federico II in 1982, and participated in the Cycle Etranger at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in 1985-86. He has been a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs, and is the author of various publications on European politics.





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