12.09.2013 - On 1 January 2014 Latvia will become the 18th member of the euro area. Along with a changing focus from domestic to European perspective and a greater weight in designing the European policy framework this will also imply a shared responsibility for the results of the common policies.
To mark this occasion and to reflect on the progress achieved so far in the economic governance of the euro area, as well as discuss the remaining challenges and the best way forward, Bank of Latvia in collaboration with the European Central Bank, the European Commission and the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia hosted the Euro Conference Latvia on 12 September 2013 at the Great Guild in Riga, Latvia.
The invited keynote speakers were Mario Draghi (President of the European Central Bank), Olli Rehn (Vice-President, European Commission, Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, European Commission), Ilmārs Rimšēvičs (Governor of the Bank of Latvia), Valdis Dombrovskis (Prime Minister, Republic of Latvia) and Andris Vilks (Minister of Finance, Republic of Latvia).
The discussion panel included speakers as Henrik Enderlein (Professor of Political Economy, Hertie School of Governance), Yves Bertoncini (Director, Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute), Lucrezia Reichlin (Professor of Economics, London Business School) and Zoja Razmusa (Member of Council, Bank of Latvia).
14.30–14.40 Welcome Address
Valdis Dombrovskis, Prime Minister, Republic of Latvia
14.40–15.30 Policy Discussion
Moderator: Pauls Raudseps, journalist
14.40–14.55 Mario Draghi, President, European Central Bank
14.55–15.10 Olli Rehn, Vice-President, Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, European Commission
15.10–15.20 Andris Vilks, Minister of Finance, Republic of Latvia
15.20–15.30 Ilmārs Rimšēvičs, Governor, Bank of Latvia
15.30–15.40 Handover of the Euro Star
16.00–16.30 Press Conference
15.45–17.00 Panel discussion "The Euro: Past, Present, Future"