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The Institute of Economic Affairs is today pleased to announce the appointment of Gustav Blix as Director of its pan-European think-tank network, EPICENTER. Blix will take on his new post with effect from Monday 8 February.

Gustav Blix has an extensive background in politics and the promotion of free-market ideas and principles. During his two terms as Member of the Swedish Parliament (2006-2014) he held several key positions, including spokesperson for the then governing Moderate Party on the Committee on European Union Affairs.

Blix is currently a Member of the Board of the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation, which is dedicated to the promotion of coopreation and European integration on the basis of freedom, democracy and the market economy. He holds a Master of Science in Business and Economics from Stockholm School of Economics.

Prior to entering the Swedish Parliament, he was political advisor in the City of Stockholm, and has held various positions within the Moderate Party. Earlier in his career, Blix was a project manager at Timbro, the influential Swedish think tank and a founding member of EPICENTER.

Commenting on his appointment, Gustav Blix said:

“I am delighted to join the team at EPICENTER and our joint effort to build support for wide ranging pro-market reforms in our increasingly stagnant continent. Europe is in dire need of a surge in both individual freedom and personal responsibility, in all areas ranging from agricultural policies to trade, business regulation, education and social services. As Director of EPICENTER, my main focus will be on bringing new ideas to Brussels, but reforms are needed on all levels: European, national and local. In this, I look forward to working with the members in our network to promote and share ideas that are vital if we want to bring Europe back to growth, prosperity and a new optimism about what tomorrow may bring.”

Commenting on the appointment, Mark Littlewood, Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: 

“I’m delighted to welcome Gustav Blix and his remarkable experience to EPICENTER. He has already contributed a huge amount to promoting the case for free markets across the continent, and he will undoubtedly be a crucial voice in spreading these important ideas even further across the EU.”

Notes to editors:

EPICENTER, the European Policy Information Center, is an independent inititative of six leading think tanks from across the European Union. It seeks to inform the EU policy debate and promote the principles of a free society by bringing together the economic expertise of its members.

EPICENTER is formed by Civismo (Spain), the Institut Economique Molinari (France), the Institute of Economic Affairs (UK), Istituto Bruno Leoni (Italy), the Lithuanian Free Market Institute and Timbro (Sweden). Like its members, EPICENTER is politically independent and does not accept taxpayer funding.

EPICENTER was launched in October of 2014. Since then, it has been active in the European policy debate, providing a free-market perspective on topics including the digital economy, trade policy, energy security and competition, financial regulation, free movement and welfare, and public health.

For more information about EPICENTER, its initiatives and upcoming events, please e-mail: [email protected]

For media enquiries, please contact: Nerissa Chesterfield, Communications Officer: [email protected] or 0207 799 8920.

The mission of the Institute of Economic Affairs is to improve understanding of the fundamental institutions of a free society by analysing and expounding the role of markets in solving economic and social problems.

The IEA is a registered educational charity and independent of all political parties.