SUERF – The European Money and Finance Forum was established on 25 November 1963 in Louveciennes, France by a group of academics and bankers from France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Belgium. SUERF is a network association of bankers, central bankers, other practitioners in the financial sector and academics. The focus of the Association is on the analysis, discussion and understanding of financial markets and institutions, the monetary economy, the conduct of regulation and monetary policy, and related issues. Its events provide a unique European network for the analysis and discussion of these and related issues. SUERF has evolved as a forum for the exchange of information, research results and ideas.
As such, its membership embraces central banking officials from most European central banks, the Bank for International Settlements and the European Central Bank, commercial bankers and other members of the financial community and academics. There is a clear advantage in facilitating dialogue between the different constituencies so that each gains from the perspectives of the others. Members are drawn from all over Europe and beyond.
The SUERF Mission
Since its creation in 1963, and through the unique perspectives that the different constituencies represent, SUERF has the capacity to make significant contributions to research, scholarship and understanding of key issues in public debate about financial markets and institutions, regulation and monetary and financial policy. This remains the central mission of SUERF. It is evidently the case that the European dimensions to all aspects of money and finance has increased and will continue to do so. In addition, these issues are becoming increasingly significant to countries in Central and Eastern Europe. To reflect this, SUERF has recently established a strategic priority to further extend its activities and membership in these countries. SUERF takes no public position on any issue. Rather, the aim is to offer a forum for high quality, authoritative and informed analysis and debate of issues of relevance to European money and finance.
The objectives of the Association are
- To promote contacts between practitioners (whether in the public or private sector) and academics, and to act as a forum for the discussion of monetary and financial questions;
- To sponsor and publish original research in these areas by both academics (experienced and younger) and practitioners;
- To organise international meetings, focusing on topics central to its members’ interests and, where appropriate, in combination with other like-minded bodies.
The Strengths of SUERF
Several factors have underpinned SUERF’s successful evolution for nearly 50 years:
- The membership mix of central bankers, private market and banking practitioners, and academics forms a unique European network.
- The central focus on Europe.
- Being a member-based Association.
- Strong support from central banks.
- Choice of topics for Colloquia, conferences and lectures of interest and relevance to Members
- Distinguished and authoritative speakers at SUERF events.
- The SUERF Studies are invariably topical and of interest to each of the constituencies of the Association and have made significant contributions to important issues of public debate.
- A strong and distinguished Council of Management drawn from the main constituencies of the Association.
- A wide range of high-quality publications written by eminent scholars and practitioners.