Michael SMYTH - Vice-President in charge of Budget


  • Researcher at the Centre for Economic Forecasting of the London Business School from 1986 to 1987
  • Member of the Economic Affairs Committee of the Confederation of British Industry Northern Ireland since 1990, Member of the Economic Strategy Committee of the Institute of Directors, Northern Ireland since 1998
  • Member of the Monitoring Committee for the Energy Sub-Programme of the Northern Ireland Structural Funds from 1994 to 1999, Special Adviser to the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee of the Scottish Parliament from 2002 to 2004, Economic Adviser to the Economic Sub-Group of the Programme for Government Committee of the Northern Ireland Assembly from 2006 to 2007
  • Head of the School of Economics at the University of Ulster at Jordanstown, Northern Ireland from 2008 to 2013
  • Consultant for the European Commission on the Northern Ireland Community Support Framework, for Armagh District Council, for the Northern Ireland Assembly, for the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister and for the Oireachtas
  • President of Habinteg Housing Association, a large social housing provider in Northern Ireland
  • Member of the EESC Various Interests' Group since October 2006 and President of the ECO Section of the EESC from 2010 to 2013
  • Vice-President of the EESC in charge of Budget from 2015 to 2018

At the EESC, Mr Smyth has been a Rapporteur on opinions such as an Investment plan for Europe, the Long-term financing of the European economy, and the Long-term shareholder engagement.


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    Fifteenth term of office of the European Economic and Social Committee - 2015-2020
    Plenary Session - European Parliament's Paul-Henri Spaak Meeting Room – Rue Wiertz - Brussels, Belgium

    Elected with an overwhelming majority, Georges Dassis is the 31st president of the European Economic and Social Committee, an institution that he will head with two vice-presidents, Michael Smyth (budget) and Gonçalo Lobo Xavier (communication) from 2015 to 2018.