Past events

Joint ZEW-EconPol Lunch Debate

Reforming the Eurozone: Prospects and Challenges

May 2, 2018 | Bruxelles, Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the European Union, Bruxelles

Against the background of the fervently discussed reform of the Eurozone, this Joint EconPol-ZEW Lunch Debate will consider a number of questions. These include: Creating an EMU reform package that not only makes economic sense but which both Northern and Southern Europe can agree on; finding a way to effectively combine stabilising elements with elements that ensure a certain degree of self-reliance; precisely defining the responsibilities of a potential European Finance Minister; determining the main priorities of a Eurozone budget.

Speakers: Friedrich Heinemann (ZEW), Paulina Dejmek-Hack (European Commission), Roberto Tamborini (University of Trento), Hans Vijlbrief (President of the Eurogroup Working Group)

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Joint IES-VUB and EconPol Policy Forum on Future Perspectives for the EMU

April 16, 2018, Brussels

The future of the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) is at the core of the reflection on the future of European integration. The debate about its architecture has accompanied the entire evolution of the EU and several proposals have been made in the past. This policy forum aims at an open, broad and deep discussion on the possible options for the future of the EMU, starting from the assessment of the existing proposals. We will try to investigate the economic, social and political implications of the EMU, to envisage the changes which may be necessary to move forward, and to assess the political feasibility.

Speakers: László Andor, Senior Fellow at FEPS and former European Commissioner,  Clemens Fuest, President of the ifo Institute for Economic Research, and Dr. Vesa Vihriälä, Managing Director of the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA)

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CEPSlab18 - EconPol Lab

Taxation of the digital economy

Friday, 23 February 2018 9h15 – 10h30, The Egg, Bara Street 175, 1070 Brussels

Digital technologies and products are playing an increasingly important role as critical drivers of economic growth in Europe. The digital transformation, however, presents huge challenges for national tax systems. In a world where businesses rely on intangible assets whose value is difficult to establish and trade occurs electronically without physical presence, current tax rules no longer appear fit for purpose. This panel will explore what would qualify as the ‘fair’ taxation of corporations providing digital goods and services and chart potential reforms of the international tax system to tackle these challenges.

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1st EconPol Europe CESifo PhD Workshop

Economic and Fiscal Policy in Europe

1-2 February 2018, CESifo Conference Centre, Poschingerstrasse 5, 81679 Munich

The first CESifo EconPol Europe PhD Workshop for current and recent doctoral students took place at the ifo Institute in Munich, Germany on 1–2 February, 2018. EconPol Europe – The European Network for Economic and Fiscal Policy Research is a unique collaboration of nine policy-oriented university and non-university research institutes that will contribute their expertise to the discussion of the future design of the European Union.

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EconPol Europe Founding Conference

First Annual Conference: "The Euro - Which Way to Go?"

9-10 November 2017, Thon EU Hotel, Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat 75, B-1000 Brussels

EconPol Europe  - the new European Network for Economic and Fiscal Policy Research - has successfully concluded its official Founding Conference and first Annual Meeting. The 2-day conference focused on the governance of fiscal and monetary policy in Europe. It brought together not only the nine network members, but also around 200 high-profile researchers, politicians, experts and journalists to exchange their ideas regarding the economic and institutional development of the EU and the Eurozone. The event offered a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss the network’s latest research.

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