With Portugal central to the European debt crisis, Vítor Gaspar, Minister of Finance of Portugal, addressed the issue of his country's credibility and competitiveness at an event held March 19, 2012, at the Peterson Institute.
Dr. Gaspar became finance minister in June as part of the new Portuguese government headed by Premier Pedro Passos Coelho. He was previously head of the Bureau of Policy Advisers of the European Commission (2007–10), special adviser at the Bank of Portugal and the first director-general for research at the European Central Bank (1998–2004). He has also served as director of the Research and Statistics Department of Banco de Portugal and director of Economic Studies at the Ministry of Finance. He has been professor of economics at Lisbon's Catholic University and has written extensively on a wide range of economic topics, including the book Imperfect Knowledge with Monetary Policy coauthored with Otmar Issing and published by Cambridge University Press.
Portugal: Gaining Credibility and Competitiveness Transcript[pdf] | Presentation[pdf] Vítor Gaspar
March 19, 2012