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Strategies for a Post-Crisis World: Enhancing European Growth

Tuesday 25 May - Morning
Session I: Coping with the crisis – How has the world changed?

This session will take stock of the current economic situation and outlook. It will include a forward-looking discussion on financial repair, and a review of how specific sectors – financial services, the aerospace and defence sector, and the car industry – are adjusting in the aftermath of the crisis. It will also address the implications of the crisis for globalisation, global governance, the international financial system, and the role of the main global currencies.

WELCOME ADDRESS: Olli Rehn, European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs
OPENING ADDRESS: Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council

PART 1: The unfolding of the global financial and economic crisis: causes, channels of contagion, and consequences. Lessons for the future of the financial system.

CHAIR: Sharon Bowles, MEP, Chair of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, European Parliament

  • Richard Baldwin, Professor, The Graduate Institute
  • John Berrigan, Director, Macrofinancial Stability, Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission
  • Tim Adams, Managing Director, The Lindsey Group
  • Ajai Chopra, Deputy Director, European Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • Vis Shankar, Chief Executive Officer for Middle East, Africa, Europe and Americas, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Rakesh Mohan, Distinguished Consulting Professor, Stanford Centre for International Development

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Elena Salgado, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance, Spain

Coffee break

AWARD CEREMONY of the euro photo competition with the presence of Olli Rehn, European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs

PART 2: The unfolding of the economic crisis in Europe: the role of financial integration, policies and markets, and the way forward.

CHAIR: Vítor Gaspar, Special Adviser, Banco de Portugal

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: José Manuel Durão Barroso, President, European Commission
Lunch break

Tuesday 25 May - Afternoon
Session II: Tackling global warming – An opportunity for Europe

The development and application of green technologies could play a key role in restoring growth potential, by boosting investment and increasing total factor productivity in Europe. Low-carbon growth could also become an essential feature of the post-crisis global economic model. This session will discuss the financing aspects of tackling global warming, the strategies to promote the development of green technologies, and the structural reforms needed to foster low-carbon growth.


PART 1: Can the development and application of green technologies play a key role in reaching high and sustainable economic growth in Europe? Which are the economic implications of tackling global warming through market mechanisms?

CHAIR: André Sapir, Professor of Economics, Université Libre de Bruxelles, and Senior Fellow, Bruegel

PART 2: Is tackling global warming a business opportunity for Europe?

CHAIR: Philip Lowe, Director-General, Energy, European Commission

  • Ivan Hodac, Secretary-General, European Automobile Manufacturers' Association
  • Christine Lins, Secretary-General, European Renewable Energy Council
  • Jacques Delmoitiez, President, BASF Polyurethanes
  • Gert Jan Koopman, Director, Economic Services and Structural Reforms, Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission
  • Laurent Blanchard, Vice-President of European markets and General Manager, Cisco France


PART 3: The financing and structural reforms needed to foster low-carbon growth

CHAIR: Jos Delbeke, Director-General, Climate Action, European Commission

  • Thomas Barrett, Director, European Investment Bank (EIB)
  • Josué Tanaka, Corporate Director, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  • Jennifer Morgan, Director, Climate and Energy Program, World Resources Institute (WRI)
  • Joëlle Chassard, Manager, Carbon Finance Unit, Environment Department, Sustainable Development Vice-Presidency, The World Bank
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action

Wednesday 26 May - Morning
Session III: Exit the crisis – Building the economic future of Europe

Europe 2020 will be at the heart of the discussion on how to exit the crisis and build Europe's economic future. The session will focus on ways of raising Europe's growth potential by creating more jobs and fostering innovation. The future of public finances and the need for more economic policy coordination will also be discussed.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Mario Monti, President, Bocconi University

PART 1: Policy co-ordination in the euro area - lessons from the crisis

CHAIR: Marco Buti, Director-General, Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission

Coffee break

PART 2: Ensuring Europe's economic future: ways of raising Europe's growth potential, creating more jobs and becoming more innovative.

CHAIR: Stephanie Flanders, Economics Editor, BBC

CLOSING KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Olli Rehn, European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs

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