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Annual Research Conference 2020 - Europe’s quest for new models of sustainable growth and convergence

The Annual Research Conference of the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs took place this year on 13 November as a digital event.

Annual Research Conference 2020
  • financing policy | Economic and Monetary Union | economic policy | euro
  • Friday 13 November 2020, 13:50 - 17:00 (CET)
  • Online only
  • Live streaming available


13 NOVEMBER 2020
Transition challenges of going green - Angela Köppl, Margit Schratzenstaller
13 NOVEMBER 2020
Interregional disparities in the long run - Roberto Camagni
13 NOVEMBER 2020
Covid-19 and the twin transition - Debora Revoltella
13 NOVEMBER 2020
Globalization in the “New Normal” - Dani Rodrik


  1. 13 Nov 2020, 13:50 - 14:00 (CET)

    Participants connect

  2. 14:00 - 14:30 (CET)

    Welcome by Maarten Verwey, Director General, DG ECFIN

    Introduction: The socio-economic agenda after coronavirus    

    Commissioner for the Economy Paolo Gentiloni, in conversation with Maria Demertzis (Bruegel)

    Q & A with participants

  3. 14:30 - 15:15 (CET)

    Transition challenges in going grey, green and digital

    The socio-economic transition challenges of going grey, green and digital will remain on top of the EU’s socio-economic political agenda in a medium-term macroeconomic environment most likely characterised by low growth, low interest rates and high public debt.

    Chair: Luc Tholoniat (DG ECFIN)

    Speakers: Angela Köppl and Margit Schratzenstaller (Austrian Institute for Economic Research), Jens Suedekum (DICE, Düsseldorf)

    Q & A with participants

  4. 15:15 - 16:00 (CET)

    United in diversity? Convergence patterns in Europe reconsidered

    EU Member States and regions are embarking from different starting points and with different legacies but eventually will need to show convergence towards the common goal of inclusive productivity. Fundamental deficiencies and inconsistencies in macro-structural and institutional policies challenge balanced and sustained prosperity; and drifting too far apart can create negative spillovers putting social and political cohesion in the Union at risk.

    Chair: Istvan Szekely (DG ECFIN)

    Speakers: Prof. Roberto Camagni (Emeritus of Politecnico di Milano), Debora Revoltella (Director of the Economics Department, European Investment Bank), Robert Stehrer (WIIW, Vienna)

    Q & A with participants

  5. 16:00 - 16:45 (CET)

    Distinguished ECFIN Lecture: Globalisation in  the “new normal”

    Geopolitical tensions clearly extend into the economic sphere with growing fragmentation and disintegration of global markets against a background of popular discontent with the “hyper-globalisation” of recent decades. The pandemic is acting as an accelerant; it caused a major setback to trade and disrupted the functioning of global production networks. In consequence, calls for less reliance on global markets for essential supplies, reshoring and localisation of production nearer-to-home, and taming globalisation overall, have become even louder.

    Chair: Elena Flores (DG ECFIN)

    Speaker: Dani Rodrik (Harvard Kennedy School)

    Q & A with participants

  6. 16:45 - 17:00 (CET)

    Closing remarks – Elena Flores

Practical information

Friday 13 November 2020, 13:50 - 17:00 (CET)
Online only