EconPol Europe Annual Conference 2019

Europe’s Competitiveness and the Rise of China



Europe’s Competitiveness and the Rise of China was examined at EconPol Europe’s annual conference on the 7 and 8 November 2019, with a keynote speech by Carlos San Basilio (Secretary General of the Treasury and International Financing, Spanish Ministry of Economy and Business) on the deepening of the EMU. Watch the video of the speech here.

The EU and China was the focus of Daniel Gros’s keynote (Director, CEPS & EconPol Europe), which can be seen here.  A panel discussion chaired by Maithreyi Seetharaman (FORTUNE) and including Koen Jonkers (Deputy Head, Joint Research Centre‘s Knowledge for Finance, Innovation and Growth Unit, European Commission), Sherry Madera (Global Head of Industry and Government Affairs, Refinitiv), Luisa Santos (Director of International Relations, Business Europe) and Xu Zhengbing (Counsellor for Economic and Commercial Affairs, Chinese Mission to the EU) is available to view here. 

A plenary session on Chinese Competition included Stefano Schiavo (University of Trento), Andrea Ciani (Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics) and Koen Jonkers (European Commission). 

Day two of the conference examined:

  • Supporting Firm Innovation and R&D: What is the Optimal Policy Mix?
  • Productivity Growth in Europe
  • National and Ideological Biases in Empirical Economic Research
  • Labor Market Effects of Digitalization and Automation
  • Fair Taxation
  • Current Account Imbalances
  • Eurozone Governance 

You can see photographs of both days here.

Koen Jonkers has also kindly made available video of the launch of the Joint Research Committee report - watch it here.