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September 9 - 10

Euro at 20: shifting paradigms?

September 27

Euro at 20: keynote lecture by Joachim Bitterlich

September 27

Academic conference on 30 years Maastricht Treaty: past, present, future

September 28 - 29

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Euro at 20: shifting paradigms?

September 27

Thirty years ago in Maastricht, European heads of state agreed to launch the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). Three decades later, many argue that the EMU is far from ideal. The original approach was one of push ahead – fuelled by the expectation that problems would be solved in due time.  

Since 1992, the global economy has been affected by a financial crisis, a pandemic, concerns regarding climate change, rapid digitalisation and geopolitical tensions. The evidence that major reform to the EMU is required is plentiful, and over the years many policy initiatives have been launched to support it, the Euro and the Eurozone. 

On 27 September, we will take stock and reflect upon these systemic changes and policy initiatives. Are there lessons to be learnt to ensure the EMU is consistent with the values enshrined within the Maastricht Treaty; that the EMU promotes the common good and ensures welfare and well-being for future generations? 

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10:00 – 11:00  OPENING KEYNOTE
Joachim Bitterlich, former foreign and security policy advisor to Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl

11:00 – 12:00 SESSION 1: RETHINKING EUROPEAN ECONOMIC POLICY IN THE EMU 

Europe is facing a green, digital and geopolitical transition whilst recovering from the social and economic impacts of the pandemic. This session will focus on how the NextGenerationEU fund and Recovery and Resilience Facility address macroeconomic divergences within the EU. Speakers will discuss the fiscal framework needed to enable member states to take action and decrease future liabilities due to issues like climate change or pandemics. 

Confirmed speakers: Dr Benedicta Marzinotto (SAIS Hopkins), Mr Graham Bishop, other speakers tbc.  

Moderator: Annette van Soest

13:00 – 14:00 SESSION 2: THE CHALLENGES OF EUROPEAN MONETARY AND FISCAL POLICY 

The EMU was founded on a strong belief in monetarism and fiscal conservatism to ensure financial stability in the Eurozone. This session will focus on the recent tightening of monetary policies by central banks. Speakers will reflect on the current ramifications and the instrumentation of the ECB’s mandate within the broader framework of the Maastricht Treaty. The session will also address lessons learnt from the Eurozone crisis. 

Confirmed speakers: Dr Rolf Strauch (European Stability Mechanism), Dr Maria Demertzis (Bruegel), Dr Erik Jones (European University Institute)  

 Moderator: Annette van Soest

14:15 – 14:45 20 YEARS EURO: A DUTCH PERSPECTIVE

In conversation with: Roel Janssen, economic journalist and author of “De euro”

15:00 – 16:00 SESSION 3: THE EMU AND FINANCE IN EUROPE  

The financial crisis showed that the financial sector, financial flows and the rise of private debt can become a destabilising force in a monetary union. This session will focus on the ‘Europe of banks’ and more specifically on the role of banks and the financial sector in the creation and evolution of the EMU. Speakers will share their thoughts on the responsibility of banks in overcoming crises as well as their influence in designing institutional frameworks for the EMU. 

Confirmed speakers: Dr Klaas Knot (De Nederlandsche Bank), Linda Zeilina (International Sustainable Finance Centre), Dr William de Vijlder (BNP Paribas) 

Moderator: Annette van Soest   

16:00 – 17:00 Networking drinks

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Date:
September 27

Venue

Gouvernement aan de Maas
Limburglaan 10
Maastricht, Limburg 6229 GA Netherlands
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