Economic Convergence or Divergence in the EU?

On Tuesday, October 9, CEPS, together with Intereconomics, of the Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW), will host our joint annual conference, this year entitled: Economic Convergence or Divergence in the EU? Four sessions will allow a panel of diverse experts to address the pressing issues facing the EU today. 


European integration has always been associated with the aspiration of upwards economic convergence. However, though accession of fast-growing member states in 2004 and 2007 gave positive convergence a boost, divergences, particularly of the EU’s southern members, have appeared over the past decade. Moreover, there are mounting divergence pressures at a regional level. This conference will examine the process of EU economic convergence in its various forms and consider its driving factors. 
How can we spot the crucial trends in convergence and how can they help us understand and stimulate the process? What roles do education, structural funds and regional factors play? What policy measures can the EU use to foster economic convergence and deter divergence in the coming decade? Representatives from the EU institutions, academic researchers, economists and other experts will debate these questions and offer their insights.

Full agenda will be posted soon.

9
October 2018
Tuesday
09:30-17:00

1420

Speakers

Daniel Gros
Director, CEPS
Christian Bodewig
Program Leader for Inclusive Growth in European Union Member States, World Bank
Michael Burda
Professor, Humboldt University of Berlin
Mathias Dolls
Senior Economist, Ifo Institute
Laszlo Andor
former Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Chair

Brigitte Preissl
ZBW Editor-in-Chief, Intereconomics

Economic Convergence or Divergence in the EU?

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9
October 2018
Tuesday
09:30-17:00
Participation in this event is exceptionally free of charge.

1420

CEPS Conference room

Place du Congrès 1 - 1000 Brussels