Pierre Moscovici

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Pierre Moscovici
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First President of the Court of Audit
Assumed office
3 June 2020
PresidentEmmanuel Macron
Preceded byDidier Migaud
European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs
In office
1 November 2014 – 30 November 2019
PresidentJean-Claude Juncker
Preceded byAlgirdas Šemeta
Succeeded byPaolo Gentiloni
Minister of Finance
In office
16 May 2012 – 2 April 2014
PresidentFrançois Hollande
Prime MinisterJean-Marc Ayrault
Preceded byFrançois Baroin
Succeeded byMichel Sapin
Member of the National Assembly
for Franche-Comté
In office
16 May 1997 – 1 November 2014
Preceded byBruno Roddand
Succeeded byPhilpe Hollande
Personal details
Born (1957-09-16) 16 September 1957 (age 63)
Paris, France
Political partySocialist Party
Anne-Michelle Basteri
(m. 2015)
ParentsSerge Moscovici
Marie Bromberg
EducationLycée Condorcet
Alma materInstitute of Political Studies, Paris
National School of Administration, Strasbourg

Pierre Moscovici (French pronunciation: ​[pjɛʁ mɔskɔvisi], Romanian: [moskoˈvitʃʲ]; born 16 September 1957) is a French politician who served as the European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs from 2014 to 2019. He previously served as Minister of Finance from 2012 to 2014 and as Minister for European Affairs between 1997 and 2002.

Previously a member of the Trotskyist group the Revolutionary Communist League, Moscovici joined the French Socialist Party (PS) in 1984 and has since that time been a member of the Departmental Council of Doubs and of the French Parliament and the European Parliament. He has been National Secretary of his party since 1995.

In May 2014 he was entrusted by the Prime Minister of France with a six-month mission to assess how European policies can better contribute to growth and employment. In July 2014 French President François Hollande proposed him to be France's representative in the next European Commission. In September 2014, he was named as European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs by President-designate of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.


Early life and education[edit]

Born in Paris, he is the son of the influential Romanian social psychologist Serge Moscovici and of the Polish psychoanalyst Marie Bromberg-Moscovici.[1]

Pierre Moscovici obtained his Baccalauréat at the Lycée Condorcet in 1974, a DEA in economics and in philosophy, and he graduated from Sciences Po Paris and the École nationale d'administration – National School of Administration, where he studied under Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who became a friend and mentor in politics. He was a president of À gauche en Europe, a group founded by Strauss-Kahn and Michel Rocard and also created his own group "Besoin de Gauche".[2]

After graduating from the École nationale d'administration in 1984, Pierre Moscovici was appointed to the Cour des comptes – French Court of Audit -, of which he is currently a senior member.

Early political career[edit]

Initially active in the Revolutionary Communist League, he left in 1984 to join the PS and, in 1986, became secretary of the "experts' group" created by Claude Allègre.

In 1988, he moved on to the Ministry for National Education in Minister Lionel Jospin's cabinet, first as conseiller technique, then as chargé de mission.

From 1990 to 1994, he headed the Public Service Modernisation and Financing Department at the Commissariat général du Plan – French Planning Office.

Member of the European Parliament and Minister delegate for European Affairs[edit]

From 1994 to 1997, he was a Member of the European Parliament.[3]

Elected to the French Parliament from the Doubs département in 1997, he went on to become a Member of the Franche-Comté Regional Council from 1998 to 2004, and of the Doubs département General Council from 1994 to 2002.

From 1997 to 2002, he was Minister delegate for European Affairs in the government of Lionel Jospin.[4] In 2002, he represented the French authorities at the Convention on the Future of Europe.

On 20 July 2004, he was elected one of the 14 Vice-Presidents of the European Parliament and was re-elected on 17 January 2007.[5]

Member of the French National Assembly and Minister for Finance and Economy[edit]

From 2007 to 2012, he has been a Member of the French National Assembly (4th constituency in the Doubs), serving on the Foreign Affairs Committee, and subsequently the Finance Committee. He has been Vice-president of the French National Assembly delegation for the European Union.

He was President of the Pays de Montbéliard Agglomération (PMA – Greater Montbéliard Authority) from 2008 to 2012.

In June 2012, he was re-elected to the National Assembly from the 4th constituency in the Doubs.

Moscovici has been France's Minister for Finance and Economy[6] from May 2012 to April 2014.[7]

He serves as a Member of the French National Assembly. In May 2014 he was entrusted by the Prime Minister of France with a six-month mission to assess how European policies can better contribute to growth and employment.[8] In July 2014 French President Francois Hollande proposed him to be France's representative in the next European Commission.[9]

Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs[edit]

Pierre Moscovici is the Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs. He is in charge of the application of the Stability and Growth Pact, as well as ensuring the economic soundness of Commission proposals and deepening the Economic and Monetary Union of the European Union to create the conditions for jobs, growth and investment, and encouraging further structural reforms. On taxation matters, Commissioner Moscovici is responsible for developing a value added tax system at the European level, improving the functioning of the internal market in both direct and indirect taxation and fighting tax fraud and tax evasion. His responsibilities also include the development and management of an efficient EU customs union.[10]

Political career[edit]

Governmental function[edit]

  • Minister of Economy and Finances, June 2012 – April 2014
  • Minister of Economy, Finances, and Foreign Trade, May 2012 – June 2012
  • Minister of European Affairs, 1997–2002.

Electoral mandates[edit]

European Parliament[edit]

National Assembly of France[edit]

Regional Council[edit]

General Council[edit]

  • General councillor of Doubs, 1994–2001.

Municipal Council[edit]

  • Municipal councillor of Valentigney, 2008–2014.
  • Municipal councillor of Montbéliard, 1995–2008. Re-elected in 2001.

Agglomeration community Council[edit]


"We sincerely hope that Greece remains in the eurozone", Moscovici said.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Google Translate".
  2. ^ "besoindegauche.fr".
  3. ^ "Pierre MOSCOVICI".
  5. ^ "Directory".
  6. ^ "Composition du Gouvernement – Le Gouvernement et les Institutions". Gouvernement.fr.
  7. ^ "Profile: Hollande's government for France". BBC News.
  8. ^ Le Point, magazine. "En bonne place pour Bruxelles, Moscovici hérite d'une mission parlementaire". Le Point.
  9. ^ Ingrid Melander and Emmanuel Jarry (30 July 2014). "Moscovici says confident will have important economic role in EU Commission". Reuters.
  10. ^ "European Commission President Juncker's Mission Letter to Pierre Moscovici" (PDF). European Commission.
  11. ^ Don't violate the bailout deal, Europe Online Magazine, 4 May 2012

External links[edit]

Media related to Pierre Moscovici at Wikimedia Commons

Political offices
Preceded by
François Baroin
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Michel Sapin
Preceded by
Michel Barnier
French European Commissioner
Succeeded by
Thierry Breton
Preceded by
Jyrki Katainen
as European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro
European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs
Succeeded by
Paolo Gentiloni
Preceded by
Algirdas Šemeta
as European Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud