Past events

Policy Research Live

The European Recovery Fund: An Effective Policy Measure to Deal with Covid-19 Consequences?

20 May 2020, Online Event

The economic crisis caused by Covid-19 is on course to become more serious than the 2008 financial crisis. Eurozone member states face several challenges in order to stabilize the economy, not least the short-term financial aid required during the shutdown and the subsequent support needed to get the economy back on its feet.

The Eurozone has little room for manoeuvre with the limitations of monetary policy and high levels of national debt. It’s crucial to ensure that added value is created by policy at a European level, with a robust infrastructure to ensure no member state is left behind.

In the first of our series of Policy Research Live online debates, EconPol Europe welcomed our speaker Clemens Fuest (ifo) and network member Antonia Díaz (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) to discuss the policy options available for the Eurozone and asked: is a European Recovery Fund an effective policy measure to deal with Covid-19 consequences?

 

 

 

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***Postponed*** CEPS-EconPol Europe Lunch Debate

Tax Incentives for Research and Development: Is There an Optimal Policy Mix?

, CEPS, Place du Congrès 1, B-1000, Brussels, Belgium

Due to ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 virus and associated limitations on travel, this event has been postponed. The new date will be confirmed in due course. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Using the tax system to support research and development has become a very popular policy tool. Many countries are implementing incentives such as tax credits, patent boxes and direct subsidies to stimulate new R&D. But is there really a causal relationship between these policies and the R&D spending done by the businesses receiving the incentives? And if so, is this R&D productive, and does it have an impact on the wider economy?

For our third lunch debate, we are delighted to present the latest research into this area, from Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. We bring together the authors of the research with experts from government and business to ask: is there an optimal policy mix for incentivizing R&D?

VIDEO: Panelist and co-author of the research İrem Güçeri explains the background to her work: Supporting Firm Innovation in R&D: What is the Optimal Policy Mix? 

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EconPol Session on Closing Tax Loopholes, CEPS Ideas Lab

5-6 March 2020, CEPS, Brussels, Belgium

Recent proposals of the OECD and the EU have taken a tougher stance on aggressive tax planning by multinationals. The dependence on physical presence for the establishment of a taxable nexus, which is a main feature of the existing tax framework, poses a great challenge for the taxation of cross-border transactions of, but not only, digital businesses. This EconPol Europe Lab Session will discuss the opportunities and risks of recent policy initiatives such as the European Commission’s Digital Services Tax proposals. Can these proposals deliver what they promise – do they close the current loopholes in the tax system? What are the costs to competition and economic welfare in general and can such proposals find support amongst all member states?

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EconPol Parliamentary Dinner | EEAG Report 2020 | Fair Taxation in a Mobile World

2 March 2020, Brussels

This invitation-only dinner presents the 19th edition of the European Economic Advisory Group (EEAG) report on the European Economy. Experts from EconPol Europe and the EEAG will present the report to members of the European Parliament and provide expert insight and analysis of its findings and proposals.

This event is strictly by invitation only. For further information contact Juliet Shaw at shaw@econpol.eu

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EconPol Europe Annual Conference 2019

Europe’s Competitiveness and the Rise of China

7-8 November 2019, Brussels

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. The EU and China was the focus of Daniel Gros’s keynote (Director, CEPS & EconPol Europe), followed by a panel discussion 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)The panel was chaired by Maithreyi Seetharaman (FORTUNE). A plenary session on Chinese Competition included Stefano Schiavo (University of Trento), Andrea Ciani (Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics) and Koen Jonkers (European Commission). 

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