Political Economy Conference: "EMU at 20: Quo Vadis?"


Friday 15.03.19
14:00 to 18:30


Auditorium 1, Building A
Verversdijk, Bruges campus
Verversdijk 16
8000 Brugge

On 15 March 2019, the Department of European Political and Governance Studies holds its annual Political Economy Conference.

2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the annual Political Economy Conference of the College of Europe’s Department of European Political and Governance Studies. Participants are invited to reflect on changes to euro area governance over the last decade in order to identify whether these changes have yielded their expected outcomes, which reforms remain in order to ensure a robust monetary union, and the political feasibility of such reforms. The evolution of the ECB and the establishment of banking union are the focus. Leading academics and practitioners will engage in a debate on the future of economic and monetary union.

To reflect upon these topics, the conference gathered a wide range of experts in the field, coming both from the institutions and from academia. The conference will start with a keynote address. After that, the first panel will be dedicated to the topic "The ECB: Political and Independent?" and will count on the interventions of Gabriel GLÖCKLER, European Central Bank; Benjamin BRAUN, Max Planck Institute; Christy Ann Petit, European University Institute; and Tobias Tesche, European Commission.

A second panel will focus on the topic of "Banking Union: Is the European banking sector sufficiently robust?". It will count on the participation of Sabino FORNIES-MARTINEZ, European Commission; Lucia QUAGLIA, University of Bologna; Aneta SPENDZHAROVA, University of Maastricht; and Vera SPRATLEY, Single Supervisory Mechanism.

The conference will end with some closing remarks by Thomas WESTPHAL, Director General of European Policy section, German Finance Ministry.


Registrations for this event will be open until 11 March 2019 at 14:00.

For further information, please contact rachele.tesei [at] coleurpe.eu (Rachele TESEI).


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