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Lucian Cernat


European Commission | Head of Global Regulatory Cooperation and Procurement Negotiations


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Dr. Lucian Cernat is the Head of Global Regulatory Cooperation and International Procurement Negotiations at DG Trade, European Commission. With more than 20 years of experience in the trade policy field, he was previously the Chief Trade Economist at the European Commission, in charge of economic advice on EU trade policy, influencing over 4.5 trillion euros of EU trade flows annually. He is a frequent speaker at high-level events alongside award-winning economists and his publications were quoted in leading international journals (Financial Times, Wall Street Journal) and other media. He is also a regular VoxEU columnist, writing on various trade-related topics.

Until 2008, Dr Cernat held various positions at the United Nations in Geneva dealing with trade and development issues. He has written extensively on the development impact of trade policies, WTO negotiations, EU preferential market access, regional trade agreements, competition policy, and corporate governance. Prior to his UN experience, he was a trade negotiator with the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Dr. Lucian Cernat obtained his PhD from University of Manchester and a postgraduate diploma from Oxford University.


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