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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

Marco Del Panta was appointed Secretary General of the EUI in June 2020 and took up his position in January 2021. He assists and advises the President in all institutional external affairs and diplomatic matters, including relations with EUI member states, EU institutions, and third countries. He also coordinates relations with the national and local authorities. The Secretary General coordinates the EUI administration and deals with all tasks delegated to him in this regard.


Before joining the EUI as Secretary General, Marco Del Panta was elected to the City Council and appointed as special advisor to the Mayor of Florence. A career diplomat, he served most recently as Italy’s Ambassador to Switzerland. Previously, he was Director for Migration Policy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He served at the General Directorate for the European Union of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and in Brussels at the Italian Permanent Representation to the EU. Previously, he held diplomatic positions in Austria and Egypt. Del Panta taught a course on "European Governance and decision making" at the University of Florence in the academic years 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 and is member of the Council of the Fondation Jean Monnet pour l’Europe in Lausanne. He is author of several publications on foreign policy and on the policies of the EU, especially in the field of Research and Development.





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