On 1 January 2015 Lithuania will become the 19th member state of the euro area, further deepening economic and financial integration with European countries.
To mark this occasion as well as to discuss euro area enlargement and policy reforms that are aimed at strengthening the functioning of the single market and the EMU, the Bank of Lithuania together with the European Central Bank, the European Commission and the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania is organizing a euro changeover conference “Single Market, Single Currency, Common Future”.
The traditional conference, organized in every euro area member-to-be, took place in Vilnius, on 25 September 2014, at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society (5 Aušros Vartų g.). The event brought together around 400 national- and European-level policy makers, economists, entrepreneurs and civil society to discuss topical issues regarding joining the euro area.
|10.00–11.00 Opening address and keynote speeches|
Vitas Vasiliauskas, Governor, Bank of Lithuania
Algirdas Butkevičius, Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania
Mario Draghi, President, ECB
Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President, Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, EC
Rimantas Šadžius, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania
|11.00–12.30 Panel discussion|
Moderator: Ramūnas Vilpišauskas, Director, Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University
Roberto Gualtieri, Chairman, Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, European Parliament
Mahmood Pradhan, Deputy Director, European Department, IMF
Ilmārs Rimšēvičs, Governor, Latvijas Banka
Guntram B. Wolff, Director, Bruegel
John R. Dye, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Western Union