Eighth Bruges European Business Conference: Brexit and European Financial Markets

Date

Tuesday 25.04.17

Location

Room E
Dijver, Bruges campus
Dijver 11
8000 Bruges
Belgium

The College of Europe (Bruges campus) and Deloitte will organise a one-day conference on 25 April 2017, bringing together high-level policy makers, businesses leaders and eminent academics, to discuss developments in the European financial sector in the period leading to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. The focus of this year's conference is on "Brexit and European Financial Markets".

The European financial sector is in a state of flux. The United Kingdom (UK) has voted to leave the European Union (EU), creating uncertainty about market access, the evolution of EU financial regulation and possible policy fragmentation. The prospects of businesses across Europe will be affected by the forthcoming negotiations between the EU and the UK. London, one of the leading international centres for banking, sovereign bond issuance, derivatives, currency exchange and expert financial services, may lose its special position in Europe, as financial institutions and operations move to other EU Member States.

In addition, the economy of the Eurozone is still languishing. The contraction of government spending and the apparent ineffectiveness of monetary policy have certainly not helped economic recovery. Growth is flat and unemployment too high. Europe needs more investment to stimulate innovation and ultimately growth. Novel public measures have sought to incentivise private participation in large infrastructure projects backed by public guarantees. The recently established but as yet incomplete banking union is closely followed by the nascent capital markets union. These developments move in opposite directions. Deeper financial integration between some countries is buffeted by the prospect of disintegration and disengagement of financial institutions between other countries.

EU and national policy makers, investors, financial institutions and businesses in general are pondering the likely impact of these developments and considering their next steps. It is, therefore, appropriate to take stock of recent changes in policy and corporate strategies in the European financial sector, and identify possible outcomes.

The conference is organised in the framework of the Specialisation in European Economic Integration and Business, in cooperation with Deloitte.

This conference is open to the public, registration is required before 21 April 2017 at 10:00.

For more information please visit http://bebc.coleurope.eu or contact Gil STEIN.

 

Registration

Registration Procedure

Given limited availability of seats, the European Economic Studies Department reviews registrations in order to ensure appropriate and balanced representation of targeted audience. Besides the students of the European Economic Integration and Business (EEIB) specialisation and the members of the Business Club, attendance to the conference is restricted to 100 students; first-come, first-served rule applies.

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