Thursday, September 9, 2010

20th Economic Forum (Krynica Zdrój, Poland, 2010)

EU Crisis Zones : Has a Eurozone Domino Effect Been Averted?

It was always known that the eurozone was a less than perfect construction, especially in terms of fiscal policy incentives, yet the magnitude of the crisis that first hit Greece and may yet affect Spain, Portugal, Italy and others still surprised most observers. For the moment the 750 billion euro stabilisation mechanism agreed in May appears to have calmed the markets, but is it enough? Are the stress tests conducted on EU banks credible? What is a proper medium term response and medium-long term strategy to protect the Euro zone and avert a disastrous domino effect. The risks remain high. Are there lessons to be learnt from the non-eurozone countries? Should the euro adoption process be modified? Will Germany and France continue to foot the bill without a reform of eurozone fiscal discipline?

Moderator:  Alfred Vanags - Director, Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies (BICEPS), Latvia


Agnes Benassy-Quere - Director, CEPII (Center for International Prospective Studies), France

Jochen Bittner - European and NATO Correspondent, Die Zeit weekly, Germany

Pawel Dziekonski - Director, Risk Mangement Division, Deloitte, Poland

Morten Hansen - Head of Economic Department, Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Latvia

Edward Hugh - Macro Economist, , United Kingdom


Sergey Kadochnikov - Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Ural State University named after A.M. Gorky, Russia
Valerii Salyvin - Director, Scientific Research Center for Problems of Social Reproduction, Ukraine