Past events

CEPS-EconPol Lunch Debate

Migration and the Welfare State

20.05.2019 | 13:15 - 14:30, CEPS, Brussels, Belgium

International migration is at the top of the European political agenda. European labor markets need immigrants. Population aging has already created labor shortages, but immigration also raises concerns about distributional conflicts.

These concerns, sometimes real and sometimes imagined, have played an important role in the rise of populist parties across Europe, and in the Brexit referendum. The aim of this lunchtime seminar is to present an overall assessment on the welfare effects of immigration when both the effects on labor market and public finances are accounted for.

Furthermore, the seminar will analyze an often-overlooked aspect of international migration: emigration from European welfare states and how it can be expected to affect their fiscal and political sustainability.

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Joint ZEW-EconPol Lunch Debate

Reforming the Eurozone: How to Handle Sovereign Debt?

28.03.2019 | 12:00 - 14:00 , Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the European Union, Rue Belliard 60 - 62, 1000 Brussels

The challenges facing the Eurozone are multifaceted, with Greece still having a long road to recovery and Italy facing a dangerous mix of a large government deficit and an already high debt level. This Lunch Debate was dedicated to discussing possible courses of action for the EU, if levels of sovereign debt become unsustainable. A special focus was placed on how an insolvency procedure for sovereigns may be designed as well as the risks and opportunities this presents.

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CEPS Ideas Lab 2019 - EconPol Lab

Convergence and stabilisation in the Eurozone

22.02.2019 | 9:15 - 10:30 , The Egg, Rue Bara 175, 1070 Brussels

Since the French-German Meseberg declaration from June 2018, the debate about euro-area reforms has gathered new momentum. The EconPol Europe Lab Session will discuss chances and risks of recent policy initiatives such as an unemployment re-insurance scheme or tools incentivising structural reforms in the member states. Can these instruments deliver what their proponents promise? How could a compromise on EMU reform look like that finds support in all member states? 

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EconPol Europe Parliamentary Breakfast

Convergence in EMU: Finding a Way Forward

20 November 2018, 7:30-9:00, Brussels, Belgium

In the parliamentary breakfast, EconPol Europe researchers discuss recent convergence trends within and across EU member states and the strengths and shortcomings of current reform proposals to incentivise structural reforms with Members of the European Parliament.

Chair
Clemens Fuest, ifo Institute and University of Munich

Speakers
Cinzia Alcidi (CEPS)
Mathias Dolls (ifo Institute)

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EconPol Europe’s Annual Conference 2018

International Trade and Protectionism

19-20 November 2018, Brussels

The impact of international trade and protectionism on the European economy was examined at EconPol Europe’s annual conference on the 19 and 20 November, with a keynote speech by Maria Martin-Prat (Director, Directorate General for Trade, European Commission). The challenges of EU trade policy making were the focus of day one of the conference, discussed by a policy panel including Maria Åsenius (Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Malmström), Sébastien Jean (Director of CEPII), Bernd Lange (Chair of European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade), Andrea Montanino (Chief Economist, Confindustria) and Eckart von Unger (Senior Manager, BDI).

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