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About the Brussels Economic Forum

The Brussels Economic Forum is the European Union’s premier platform for debate on economic issues. It is an opportunity to meet decision-makers, opinion leaders and other key players from government authorities, international organisations, European institutions, financial institutions, social partners, academia and the media. In 2009, the Forum was attended by 1400 people, including 120 journalists from 80 different media organisations.

The Forum was set up in 2000 in the wake of the euro’s launch the year before. Now an annual event, it plays a crucial role in promoting creative discussion about issues that matter to everyone in Europe.

With top-level speakers, the Forum provides an open arena where a wider audience can follow and participate in the debates shaping Europe and the world.

Previous speakers at the Forum have included:

  • Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director, IMF and former Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry for France
  • Pascal Lamy, General Director, WTO
  • Jean-Claude Trichet, President, European Central Bank
  • José Manuel Barroso, President, European Commission
  • Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxembourg and President of the Eurogroup
  • Jacques de Larosière, chairman of the High-Level Expert Group on EU Financial Supervision that produced the "De Larosière Report", and former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
  • Felipe González, Chairman of the Reflection Group on the Future of Europe 2020-2030 Time Horizon and former Prime Minister of Spain
  • Current and former European Commissioners like Mario Monti, Joaquín Almunia and Danuta Hübner
  • Current and former ministers of Finance like Anders Borg (Sweden), Didier Reynders (Belgium), Peer Steinbrück (Germany), and Wouter Bos (The Netherlands)
  • Highly reputed economists like Tony Atkinson, Jeremy Rifkin, Adam Posen, André Sapir and Jean Pisani-Ferry

Over the years, the topics under discussion have changed, too, always pointing towards the future challenges facing the EU, from the sustainability of public finances and the economic impact of ageing, to global imbalances on the eve of the financial and economic crisis.