Testimonial by Luc Stevens - Economist with the International and Eurosystem Coordination Service


After working for many years as an economist-statistician in the insurance sector, I wanted to take my career in a new direction. My aim was twofold: to work in an institution that contributes to the public interest, and to maintain close contact with the financial world.

My job as an economist in the International Cooperation Service does not only fulfil those goals, it actually surpasses them. Daily monitoring of the issues discussed at European and international level immerses me in international current affairs and causes me to focus on key economic subjects, more specifically in connection with the current economic crisis.

Together with the members of my team, I deal mainly with two types of issue:

- European economic issues discussed by the European Ministers of Finance in the ECOFIN Council; and

- issues discussed at International Monetary Fund level.

I am part of a congenial, dynamic team working efficiently in a friendly atmosphere that respects the balance between professional and family life. During the first few months I had to master the subjects discussed and get to know the international institutions with which we work. After that, I gradually started taking part in international meetings and preparing briefing notes. I also started following discussions on reforms of the European and global financial architecture.

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Luc Stevens