About CEIS

The Council for European Investment Security (CEIS) was established to promote rule-of-law, transparency and financial accountability in Eastern Europe. With a number of high-profile cases eroding established financial norms in the region, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is migrating away from Europe to other more dynamic and accommodating markets. CEIS evaluates markets at the country level, identifying and targeting negligent nations whose lax policies allow economic malfeasance to thrive, while also promoting practical solutions to promote investment, stability and positive growth in at-risk markets. Chaired by former Under-Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs Robert J. Shapiro, CEIS maintains the CEIS Watch List to identify and reverse negative trends that discourage investment, stunt growth and drive capital from Europe to other regions of the world.

Mission Statement

The mission of CEIS is to target and label those countries whose actions threaten the stability of the continent’s economic and investment environment, while also identifying and promoting those countries and markets that encourage foreign direct investment and economic stability across Europe.

CEIS Watch List

Through the Watch List, CEIS identifies and labels countries based on the economic environment their policies have created, as well as the ability of companies that operate in those countries to abide by the rule of law and meet their contractual or adjudicated obligations.

Dr. Robert J. Shapiro

Dr. Robert J. Shapiro is Chairman of CEIS. In addition, Dr. Shapiro is also a Senior Fellow of the Georgetown University School of Business, advisor to the International Monetary Fund, director of the Globalization Center at NDN, chairman of the U.S. Climate Task Force, co-chair of America Task Force Argentina, and a director member of the Axson-Johnson Foundation in Sweden. From 1997 to 2001, Dr. Shapiro was U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs. In that position, he directed economic policy for the Commerce Department and oversaw the Nation’s major statistical agencies, including the Census Bureau while it planned and carried out the 2000 decennial census. Prior to that appointment, he was co-founder and Vice President of the Progressive Policy Institute and the Progressive Foundation. He also served as principal economic advisor to Bill Clinton in his 1991-1992 presidential campaign and senior economic advisor to Al Gore and John Kerry in their presidential campaigns. In 2008, he advised the campaign and transition of Barack Obama. Dr. Shapiro also was as Legislative Director for Senator Daniel P. Moynihan and Associate Editor of U.S. News & World Report. He has been a Fellow of Harvard University, the Brookings Institution, and the National Bureau of Economic Research. Dr. Shapiro holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Harvard, a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and an A.B. from the University of Chicago. He is widely published, and his most recent book is Futurecast: How Superpowers, Populations and Demographics Will Change the Way You Live and Work (St Martins’ Press, 2008).

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