WASHINGTON—The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today announced the opening of an office in Brussels to serve as its European base, a sign of its commitment to strengthening the transatlantic dialogue and relationship between the U.S. and our European partners. The office will be lead by veteran EU public affairs professional Michael Quigley and PPI Executive Director Lindsay Mark Lewis.
“PPI has been a catalyst for transatlantic dialogue for more than 25 years, since we helped Bill Clinton and Tony Blair launch the ‘Third Way’ conversations among progressive leaders,” said PPI President Will Marshall. “The opening of our European office underscores our commitment to bolstering our engagement in Europe and building relationships with policymakers and stakeholders in Brussels and across EU Member States.
“With both sides of the Atlantic, particularly Europe, facing a slow economic recovery and rising security concerns, a thriving transatlantic relationship is essential to spurring much-needed economic growth and job creation and the dispelling of violent extremism. PPI is dedicated to revitalizing transatlantic cooperation to advance our mutual prosperity and defend our shared liberal values.
“We are proud to welcome aboard Michael Quigley as Director of our European office in Brussels. Michael’s deep experience in Brussels and familiarity with the intricacies of EU politics and governance make him a valued partner in PPI’s deepening engagement with European leaders on data-driven innovation, competition policy, trade, taxation and other issues at the center of the transatlantic relationship.”
Prior to joining PPI Mr. Quigley spent more than 10 years working in public affairs advising companies in their dealings with the European Union across several sectors including financial services and technology, as well as on trade and competition. He has spent considerable time working in several European cities including London, Berlin, Paris, Dublin, and Rome, as well as his base in Brussels.
He has been working in Brussels on EU affairs since 1992 when he interned at the European Commission. He subsequently worked in the European Parliament for a Member of Parliament and a European political party before joining an Irish trade association.
Mr. Quigley is a graduate of University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Mathematics, as well as a Masters degree in Economic Science. He is currently enrolled in the LLM program of the Brussels School of Competition.