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CEPS-Intereconomics conference




On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. Ill-prepared and reluctant to halt economic activities, EU member states were slow to react to contain the spread of the virus. Although necessary, the lockdown measures came with a heavy price. The global coronavirus pandemic has had devastating economic, social and global health consequences, leaving hundreds of thousands dead, millions unemployed and countless others suffering from the various side effects. Governments around the world went into crisis mode, closing borders, enforcing lockdowns and shuttering economic activity.

As the timeline for the pandemic remains fluid and uncertain, many questions remain: How much longer can the economy stand the partial shutdown? What policy measures are needed to put the EU on a road to recovery? How will the crisis impact the youth? The need for economic and financial assistance for EU member states with limited fiscal space is urgent. The response to the economic damage this crisis has inflicted on the Union must be joint and swift – the future of the EU depends on it.


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Cinzia Alcidi Cinzia Alcidi
Cinzia Alcidi

Director of Research

Speakers list
Christian Breuer

ZBW Editor-in-Chief, Intereconomics

Cinzia Alcidi

Head of Economic Policy Unit and Director ad Interim, CEPS

Robert Skidelsky

Emeritus Professor of Political Economy, University of Warwick

Paolo Gentiloni

Commissioner for the Economy, European Commission

Natacha Valla

Dean of the Sciences Po School of Management and Innovation

Jörg Kukies

State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Germany

Debora Revoltella

Director of the Economics Department, European Investment Bank

Sue Maguire

Honorary Professor, University of Bath

Robert Pollin

Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), University of Massachusetts Amherst

Barry Eichengreen

Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley

Daniel Gros

Director, CEPS

Matilda Gettins

Fridays for Future Munich

Ekaterina Sprenger

Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Intereconomics

Jiffer Bourguignon

Editor, Intereconomics