On Thursday afternoon 28 January 2021, DG ECFIN will organise its annual workshop on fiscal policy, dedicated this year to "The role of fiscal policy in mitigating the COVID-19 crisis". The workshop will be organised in form of a webinar with high-profile speakers and discussants from academia and international institutions.

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The webinar will be structured in two parts. Following an introduction by Commissioner Gentiloni, Laurence Boone (OECD) will give a keynote speech on “Tackling the fallout from COVID-19”. A high-level policy panel will then discuss the role of fiscal policy in mitigating the effects of the COVID crisis.

Please note that the participation will be confirmed by e-mail by Wednesday 20 January 2021 and only those who receive confirmation can attend the event.

Practical information

Thursday 28 January 2021, 15.00 (CET)


  • 28 January: 15.00 - 15.25 (Europe/Brussels)

    Introduction - Paolo Gentiloni (European Commission)

  • 28 January: 15.25 - 16.00

    Keynote speech:
    Tackling the fallout from COVID-19 - Laurence Boone (OECD)

  • 28 January: 16.00 - 17.30

    High-level panel followed by QNA
    Moderator: Maarten Verwey (DG ECFIN)

    • Agnès Benassy-Quéré (DGTrésor)
    • Vítor Gaspar (IMF)
    • Veronica Guerrieri (University of Chicago)
    • Niels Thygesen (European Fiscal Board)
  • 28 January: 17.30 - 17.45

    Conclusions - Maarten Verwey/Declan Costello (DG ECFIN)