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Presentations and speeches

Monday 5th March 2012

Opening Session

Opening of the Conferencepdf(26 kB), by Algirdas Šemeta , EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud

Opening Speechpdf(45 kB), by Sharon Bowles, Chairwoman of the European Parliament's Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs


Session: Fiscal imbalances and consolidation

Chair: Pierre Defraigne, Executive Director of the Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation

Economic and fiscal challenges to the EMU, by André Sapir, Professor at Université Libre de Bruxelles and Bruegel

Fiscal imbalances and consolidation: the role of taxationpdf(64 kB), by Vito Tanzi, former Director International Monetary Fund - Fiscal Affairs department

Conclusions by the Chair


Tuesday 6th March 2012

Opening Speechpdf(31 kB), by László Andor, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion


Morning session: taxes and competitiveness with a fixed exchange rate

Chair: Etienne de Callataÿ, Chief Economist Bank Degroof

The Economic consequences of fiscal tax shiftspdf(667 kB), by Ruud de Mooij, Economist at International Monetary Fund

Monetary and fiscal policy aspects of indirect tax changes in a monetary unionpdf(161 kB), by Anna Lipinska, Economist at Federal Reserve Board

Improving competitiveness through fiscal devaluation, the case of Portugalpdf(1.56 Mb), by Francesco Franco, Professor at Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Conclusions by the Chair


 Afternoon session: fiscal architecture and tax assignment under a single currency

Chair: Luc Van Meensel, Head of Division at Research Department - Public Finance Unit, National Bank of Belgium

Tax policies and fiscal institutions for a currency union, by Thiess Büttner, Professor at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität and Ifo Institute

Fiscal reforms and the political economy of the EUpdf(552 kB), by Massimo Bordignon, Professor at Catholic University of Milan

Tax Competition and Economic Integration, by David Wildasin, Professor at University of Kentucky

Conclusions by Heinz Zourek, Director General for Taxation and Customs Union, European Commission