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2 p.m.                  Registration and coffee

2.30 p.m.             Introductory remarks

  • Joost van Iersel, President, Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion (ECO), European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

2.45 p.m.             The institutional perspective: challenges and opportunities for the next 18 months

  • Massimo Suardi, Deputy Head, Cabinet of Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the European Commission
  • Wouter Coussens, Economic Adviser, Cabinet of Donald Tusk, President of the European Council
  • Luděk Niedermayer, MEP, ECON Committee Vice-Chair, European Parliament

4 p.m.                  The analytical toolbox: how to address the outstanding challenges for EMU?

  • Bernard Snoy, President, European League for Economic Cooperation (ELEC)
  • Olivier Garnier, Director General Economics and International Relations, Banque de France
  • Katharina Gnath, Senior Project Manager, Europe's Future Programme, Bertelsmann Stiftung

5.15 p.m.             Summary and conclusions

  • Mihai Ivaşcu, Rapporteur for the opinion on the Commission's EMU Package, EESC
  • Stefano Palmieri, Co-rapporteur for the opinion on the Commission's EMU Package, EESC

5.30 p.m.             End of the debate