Niels Thygesen

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Born13 December 1934
Alma materHarvard University, University of Copenhagen
Spouse • Inge Thygesen
• Irene Thygesen
Member ofDelors committee, Euro 50 Group, Trilateral Commission
Danish academic, member of the Delors committee who attended the 1988 Bilderberg when he was member of the Executive Committee of the Trilateral Commission.

Niels Christoffer Thygesen is a Danish professor emeritus in economics at the Department of Economics at the University of Copenhagen. He is sometimes mentioned as the most internationally known Danish economist and as the "father of the euro". [1][2] Thygesen was a member of the Trilateral Commission from 1979 and of the Commission's Executive Committee from 1981-2004. He attended the 1988 Bilderberg.


He was born in Frederiksberg as the son of Jacob Christoffer Thygesen (director of A / S De danske Spritfabrikker) [3] and Rigmor, born Truelsen. He became cand.polit. in 1960 and Master of Public Administration from Harvard University the following year. 1961-64 he was employed in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and then became associate professor (1964-69) at the University of Copenhagen, in 1971 dr.polit. and from 1971 to 2004 professor at the same place. Meanwhile, in 1969-71, he was economic adviser to Malaysia.

As a teacher, his students have i.a. former bank governor Bodil Nyboe Andersen and former supervisor Peter Birch Sørensen.[2]

From 1958 to 1993 he was married to the head of department in the Ministry of Education Inge Thygesen[4]. Since 1993, Niels Thygesen has been married to Irene Thygesen.

Thygesen and the EMU

As early as 1975, together with five other economists, he published the "All Saints' Day Manifesto" , which outlined the framework for a common European currency, which they called "Europa". The idea, however, was that it should be a parallel currency that Europeans should be able to use freely[1]. From 1988 to 1989, Niels Thygesen was the only academic member of the Delors Committee[2], who advised Jacques Delors on the EMU, with which he had a major influence on the design of the monetary union. He was therefore also disappointed when the Danes voted no to the project twice, in 1992 and 2000.[1]

Other activities

He was chairman of the National Economic Association 1974-79 and became an honorary member of the association from 2005.

In 1979, Thygesen ran in the European Parliament elections for the Liberal Party .

He has held numerous board positions in Danish and foreign companies. Thus he was a member of the board of AP Møller-Mærsk 1979-95, deputy chairman of the board of the Novo Foundation 1982-92 and chairman of the board of 3M Denmark 1986-94.

For a short time in 1984-85 he was a member of the presidency of the Economic Council (also known as "the economic sages"), but had to resign when his independence was questioned due to his work as a board member of the Danish business community.

In 1990 he was appointed a knight of the 1st degree of the Order of the Dannebrog .


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/19883 June 19885 June 1988Austria
The 36th meeting, 114 participants


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