Europe: Rewrite the rules for shared prosperity

Albert Hall, Brüssel
27. - 28. April 2017







Europäisches Gespräch 2017

Tagungsbericht "Mehr Optimismus für Europa als für die USA"

Mit neuen Regeln zu mehr Wachstum und Wohlstand: US-Ökonom Eichengreen beim Europäischen Gespräch in Brüssel, von Eric Bonse (27.04.17)

zum Tagungsbericht

Europe is in dire straits. The USA under President Trump is banking on deals and nation states; the upcoming elections in France and Germany will set the direction for the further development of the European Union.

Many people find it increasingly difficult to see in the European unification process a path to greater prosperity and growth. They are turning away from Europe and towards parties critical of Europe.

The European answer cannot be: keep it coming.

Europe needs new rules for prosperity for all. We will discuss in the European Dialogue 2017 how these new rules must be framed, what they represent and who has to be involved.

We are pleased that Pierre Moscovici, EU-Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, is coming to the European Dialogue to lead the debate with us.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

11:30 Uhr

Registration and snack


12:30 Uhr

Opening and Welcome

Michael Guggemos,
Spokesman for the Management Board of the Hans-Böckler-Foundation


Introduction to the Keynote

Gustav Horn,
Scientific Director, Macroeconomic Policy Institute, Hans-Böckler-Foundation

Vita Gustav Horn (pdf)


12:45 Uhr

Keynote speech: Opportunities and hazards of prosperity for all

Barry Eichengreen,
Professor of Economics and Political Sciences, University of California, Berkeley

Info about Barry Eichengreen (pdf)
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14:30 Break

15:00 Parallel workshops:

Workshop 1

Growing together in Europe


Growing together in Europe – What are the issues?

Andrew Watt,
Macroeconomic Policy Institute, Hans-Böckler-Foundation


Achieving balanced growth – a role for EU unemployment insurance

Laszlo Andor,
former EU-Commissioner for Employment, Senior Research Fellow of the IMK

Vita Laszlo Andor (pdf)
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Creating needed fiscal space in crisis countries

Jorge Uxo,
Universidad de Castilla – La Mancha, Madrid

Vita Jorge Uxó (pdf)
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Reform of the financial sector for crisis-free growth

Helene Schuberth,
Österreichische Nationalbank, Wien

Vita Helene Schuberth (pdf)
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Panel discussion

What reforms to enable Europe to grow together


Maria João Rodrigues

Vice-President of the S&D Party in the European Parliament

Vita Maria João Rodrigues


Luca Visentini

General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation,

Vita Luca Visentini (pdf)

Jerome Creel

Observatoire français des conjonctures économiques, Paris

James Watson

Chief Economist Business Europe, Brussels

Moderation: Melinda Crane, Deutsche Welle TV

Workshop 2

Part 1: Trends of economic insecurity and inequality in Europe


Social inequality in Europe – the impact of monetary and labour market integration

Jon-Erik Dolvik, FAFO Institute of Applied Social Sciences, Oslo, Norway

Vita Jon-Erik Dolvik (pdf)


In-work poverty in Europe – causes and consequences

Karin Schulze-Buschoff / Dorothee Spannagel, The Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI), Hans-Böckler-Foundation

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Moderation: Anke Hassel, Scientific Director, The Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI), Hans-Böckler-Foundation

Vita Anke Hassel (pdf)

Workshop 2

Part 2: Rules for shared prosperity: How do European social policies and welfare states interact?

The pillar of social rights and the integration of European welfare states

Georg Fischer, EU Commission, Brussels

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How can the EU better deliver on its social goals for national citizens and workers?

Catelene Passchier, Vice President of the Dutch Trade Union Confederation FNV

Vita Catelene Passchier (pdf)


Problems arising from the Court as a social rights generator

Susanne Schmidt, University of Bremen

Vita Susanne Schmidt
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Moderation: Daniel Seikel, The Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI), Hans-Böckler-Foundation

18:30 Reception and dinner

Friday, 28 April 2017

Thereafter in dialogue with:

Karl Pichelmann

EU-Commission’s DG Economic and Financial Affairs, Brussels
mehr ...

Vita Karl Pichelmann (pdf)
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Anke Hassel

Scientific Director, The Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI),Hans-Böckler-Foundation

Vita Anke Hassel (pdf)


Gustav Horn

Scientific Director, Macroeconomic Policy Institute, Hans-Böckler-Foundation

Vita Gustav Horn (pdf)


Maria Jepsen

Director of the Research Department, European Trade Union Institute

Vita Maria Jepsen (pdf)

Moderation: Melinda Crane, Deutsche Welle TV

12:00 Uhr

Snack and end of conference


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