Workshop on European Integration, Economic Convergence and Productivity

April 29-30, 2024

College of Europe, Bruges (Belgium)

Call for papers

European integration in the economic, monetary and financial field have had very different consequences on productivity growth across sectors and regions, driving an economic wedge between EU citizens, both within and across countries. Technological progress is believed to spur economic dynamism, and is necessary to lift some EU regions out of stagnation, yet technological progress might accentuate regional disparities. Economic policies shaping the future of the European Union pay attention to cohesion yet in a quickly changing geopolitical and climate environment, such policies might require additional fiscal tools or investment to cope with these challenges. This workshop aims to study the dynamics of European integration, regional convergence, the transition, and the policies that guide these processes.

The main topics of the workshop include, but are not limited to:

  • European internal and external economic integration.
  • The impact of integration processes and technological change on the Single Market.
  • European strategic autonomy: effects on the Single Market and in the world economy.
  • Emergence of territorial disparities within and across EU Member states and regions.
  • EU policies tackling growth dynamics and regional convergence.
  • Regional policies, structural funds, and public investment in promoting convergence.
  • Digitalization, technological change, and productivity growth in the EU.
  • Firm dynamics and productivity growth.

The conference will be organised around the following sessions:

  • Academic Keynote (Prof. J. Thisse, UCL)
  • Policy Keynote
  • Academic sessions
  • Policy Panel: CEPS, Prof. L. Codogno (LSE), M. Landabaso (JRC-European Commission), Prof. Dr. P. Linares (Universidad Pontificia Comillas), Prof. Pelkmans (College of Europe)


Academic session will give presenters sufficient time to present their work, with ample time for debate during the sessions. Participants may be asked to act as discussant.


The workshop aims to attract original and relevant theoretical and empirical contributions that fully embrace scientific methods.

We invite you to submit your contribution, which should be a full paper, or an extended abstract of maximum 5 pages (including objectives of the paper, research question, methodology, expected results, and main references – ten max).

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Deadlines for submissions

The workshop will be held on site in Bruges at the College of Europe.

Please take note of these important dates:

  • Deadline for paper and session submission: January 31st, 2024
  • Notification of acceptance: February 10th, 2024
  • Registration: March 1st, 2024

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Organisation Committee

This workshop is organized by the Department of Economics of the College of Europe and Universidad Pontificia Comillas.

Local organizer: Prof. Dr. Béatrice Dumont (College of Europe, Université Sorbonne).

Organising Committee: Peter Claeys (College of Europe and Universidad Pontificia Comillas), Jorge Diaz Lanchas (Universidad Pontificia Comillas).

Scientific Committee: Camelia Romocea Turcu (LEO – Université d’Orléans), Jaroslaw Pietras (College of Europe), Patrizio Lecca (Universidad Pontificia Comillas), Gonzalo Gomez Bengoechea (Universidad Pontificia Comillas), Simone Salotti (JRC – European Commission), Enrique López Bazo (Universitat de Barcelona), José Luiz Zofío (Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam), Yevgeniya Shevtsova (JRC – European Commission).

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