In the aftermath of the financial crisis, EU countries have to confront multiple economic and fiscal challenges. Many have not yet fully recovered from the recession and are facing threats to their competitiveness while unemployment continues to rise. In the longer term, most will have to deal with adverse demographics as their population ages rapidly. The EU's 10-year strategy known as Europe 2020 aims to help member states deliver high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion.
The Representation is calling for university departments, think tanks, chambers of commerce, business organisations, unions, NGOs and other non-profit organisations across the UK to engage in this debate. Each conference organised can receive co-funding of up to EUR15,000. In order to enhance the relevance of the conference to the public and political debate, we strongly encourage partnership events run together by several organisations. The conference series, which is to run over the next 15 months, should cover a variety of topics, namely:
- Fiscal and macroeconomic coordination
- Completing the single market
- Financial services
- SMEs, regulation and access to finance
- People, jobs and social impact