How do Member States from Central and Eastern Europe perceive the debates on the euro and the reform of the European Monetary Union? This ZEW Lunch Debate will focus on EU Monetary Reforms and how different EU Member States view the EU reform options – with a specific focus on CEE countries.

Especially with regard to the current and future euro members in Central and Eastern Europe, it is striking that their perspectives seem to have been somewhat neglected (e.g. compared to French and German positions). This debate is based on a large-scale survey on the reform preferences of Eastern European economists, which have been compared to those of German, French and Italian economists. This allows to create an innovative map of Eurozone preferences and identify reforms over which a consensus may be reached among old and new Member States.

The EU and Economic and Monetary Union Reforms

05 June 2019 – ZEW


Bodo Lehmann / Head of the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the EU
Jürgen Strube / Executive Partner Brigitte Strube Stiftung


Annika Havlik / ZEW


Friedrich Heinemann / ZEW
Mateusz Szczurek / European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
István P. Székely / European Commission
Eva Zamrazilová / Czech Financial Council
Moderation: Jan Strupczewski / Thomson Reuters

At this Lunch Debate, ZEW researcher Annika Havlik will present the results of the ZEW survey. A panel discussion will follow the survey with great panelists.

The panel includes Eva Zamrazilová, Chairwoman of the Czech Fiscal Council, Istvan Székely, Advisor to the Commission’s DG ECFIN, Mateusz Szczurek, Lead Regional Economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (ERBD), former Polish Minister for Finance and member of the European Fiscal Board and Friedrich Heinemann, head of ZEW’s Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” and author of the survey.

This euDebate is organised with support of the Brigitte Strube Stiftung.

About the ZEW Lunch Debates

Established in 2014, the ZEW Lunch Debate series has become a platform for controversial, open and spirited debate on current economic challenges in Europe.

The quarterly debates in Brussels aim to shed light on different aspects of EU activities. ZEW eudebates have a particular impact on economic growth, welfare, social inclusion, and sustainability.

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