Conférence: Le moment est-il venu de repenser la BCE ?

23/05/2018 (h)
17:00
21:00
Bibliothèque royale de Belgique, boulevard de l'empereur 4, Bruxelles
Conférence

Cet événement aura lieu en anglais.

Since the election of President Macron in France, an intense debate is taking place over the future governance of the Eurozone, including calls for a Eurozone finance minister, a European Monetary Fund and a Eurozone budget. However, less attention is being paid to the prospects for reforming the Eurozone cornerstone’s institution itself: the European Central Bank (ECB).

Mario Draghi pledged to do “whatever it takes” to preserve the euro, and through its quantitative easing programme, the ECB has played an important role in rescuing the Eurozone economy. But this has come at a cost. The ECB’s monetary policy has attracted heavy criticism from across the political spectrum, with many challenging the ECB’s legitimacy, and questioning its ability to respond to the next crisis.

Early 2018, Positive Money Europe was founded as a new Brussels-based nonprofit organisation whose role is to scrutinize the ECB and offer proposals to improve monetary policy in the Eurozone.

At the occasion of our launch, we are delighted to invite you for this conference. It will feature two keynote speeches by distinguished speakers. Former governor of the Bank of Spain Miguel Angel Fernandez-Ordoñez will outline a fresh perspective on how the monetary system could be made more stable and safe, and Professor Annelise Riles (Cornell University) will provide a critical but constructive perspective on the politics of central banking. Looking forward, we will host a panel debate on the prospects for future ECB reform, featuring MEPs Jonas Fernandez, Molly Scott-Cato, Bruegel’s director Guntram Wolff (tbc) and a representative from the ECB.

Afterwards, Positive Money will offer a reception.

Registration

 

Program

17h00

Introduction remarks

By Fran Boait, Executive director at Positive Money

And Benoit Lallemand, Secretary General of Finance Watch 

Why Positive Money Europe?

By Stanislas Jourdan, Head of Positive Money Europe

“Secure Money and Banking Liberalization”

Keynote speech by Miguel Ángel Fernández Ordóñez, former governor of the Bank of Spain (confirmed)

“Financial Citizenship: Experts, Publics, and the Politics of Central Banking”

Keynote speech by Annelise Riles, Professor at Cornell Law School (confirmed)

18h00

Panel debate: Does the ECB need reforms?

  • Jonas Fernandez – MEP S&D
  • Molly Scott-Cato – MEP Greens
  • ECB representative (tbc)
  • Guntram Wolff – Director of Bruegel (tbc)
  • Annelise Riles 

Moderation: Fran Boait, Positive Money

19-21h00

Cocktail reception

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