European Commissioner for Internal Markets and Services from 2004–2010, he served in successive Irish governments as Minister for Social Welfare (1992–1993), Minister for Tourism and Trade (1993–1994) and Minister for Finance (1997–2004).
EU Commissioner for Internal Market and Services (2004- 2010), Former Government Minister (Finance; Tourism; Social Welfare), Ireland.
A chartered accountant by training, Charlie McCreevy was an active member of Irish political life from his first election to The Dáil (Irish Parliament) in 1977 until his appointment as EU Commissioner for Internal Markets and Services in November 2004.
During his time in government in Ireland he held the posts of Minister for Finance (1997-2004), Minister for Tourism and Trade (1992 to 1993) and Minster for Social Welfare (1992 to 1993).
During his term in Finance, he was responsible for many changes to simplify the tax system and presided over Ireland’s entry to the Economic and Monetary Union of the European Union, and later, the changeover to the Euro.
As Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, Charlie McCreevy he had a crucial role in overseeing the European financial system, regulations governing the banking system and the development of a single market in financial services throughout the EU.
He has a reputation as an experienced and sometimes outspoken commentator on issues relating to Ireland’s economy and to Europe – from the current Eurozone economic crisis, to the future of the EU and the challenges facing the European financial services sector.
He was apppointed Non-Executive Director of Ryanair Holdings Plc in May 2010.