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03/12/2009 : Country seminar on France

Weathering the crisis, preparing the future

The Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission organises a seminar on 3 December 2009 on the situation of the economy and the public finances of France.

This seminar, entitled “Weathering the Crisis, Preparing the Future”, will take place in Brussels and comprises two sessions, one devoted to the real side of the economy and one to public finances. These sessions will be followed up by a panel discussion. The seminar will be attended by persons from national authorities, international institutions, and research departments of private or public organisations. The press will not attend.

Scope of the seminar

The first session will be entitled: “What reforms to stimulate growth and take advantage of the upcoming global recovery?” Even if the French model apparently mitigated the consequences of the global crisis, it is yet to be seen how the French economy will develop during the recovery. In this context, this session will notably discuss the challenges the economy is faced with and the issues that need to be tackled for potential growth to rise. Lessons from the past or from the experience of comparable countries will also be considered.

The title of the second session is: “Budgetary consolidation: an opportunity for a more efficient public sector”. The marked degradation of the French public finances in the context of the current crisis is notably due to insufficient consolidation efforts during the last years. Therefore, given the strong rise in public debt, a budgetary adjustment is crucial in order to secure a long term sustainability of public finances.

List of speakers and panelists

Marco Buti (Chair, European Commission), Jean-Philippe Cotis (Key Speaker, INSEE), Jean Arthuis (Key Speaker, president of the finance commission of the French Senate, former minister of economy and finance), Gilles Saint-Paul (Toulouse School of Economics), Ad Van Riet (European Central Bank), Agnès Bénassy-Quéré (CEPII), Eric Chaney (AXA), Philippe Gudin de Vallerin (DGTPE), Elena Flores Gual (European Commission) and Barbara Kauffmann (European Commission).

Date and venue

3 December 2009, Centre Albert Borschette - Salle 1A
rue Froissart, 36, B-1040 Brussels



For any queries, please contact the organising team by e-mail or by fax (+32-2-296 94 28).

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