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Friday 08 December 2017 09:30 - 18:00
public conference

The Future of the Economic and Monetary Union
Priorities and Prospects for Reform


While 2016 was often described as a nightmare year for European integration, the elections of 2017 in the Netherlands, France, and Germany may offer a promising opportunity to reform the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).

By November 2017, strong pro-European governments are likely to be in power in all major Euro Area countries.  Moreover, the long duration of the euro crisis has narrowed the persistent gap between ‘core’ and ‘peripheral’ Euro Area member states concerning the future institutional setup of EMU. This partial convergence of views has been facilitated by the expansionary monetary policy of the European Central Bank.  As frequently observed by Mario Draghi and other ECB officials, monetary expansion cannot be not a permanent policy stance for the Euro Area;  hence joint action by member state governments and other EU institutions to address unresolved weaknesses in the institutional framework and policy instrumentarium of EMU is a priority.

The evident need for such action, coupled with a slow but seemingly solid return to growth and the political alignment of the main Eurozone countries, seem to offer a promising window of opportunity for reform. EU institutions, governments, academics, think tanks, and civil society groups alike are well aware of this critical moment for the future of EMU, as the many new reform proposals released in recent months testify. Especially significant here is the European Commission’s Reflection Paper on the Deepening of Economic and Monetary Union (May 2017), which provides a useful point of departure for the broader debate.

Against this background, ACCESS EUROPE is organizing a one-day public conference on The Future of Economic and Monetary Union. The conference brings together some of the leading scholars and policy analysts working on EMU governance to discuss their ideas with a broad academic and public audience. The conference will be divided into three parts. The first session will analyse and reflect upon the key challenges facing the Euro Area in terms of macroeconomic, fiscal, and financial governance. The second panel will be asked to consider, in each of these three areas, a specific solution that is currently being debated. The conference will finish with a roundtable on the political legitimacy and legal feasibility of the various proposals. 



Speakers, chairs and discussants

  • Martin Sandbu (Financial Times) - opening keynote
  • Arnoud Boot (University of Amsterdam)
  • Erik Jones (SAIS Bologna)
  • Waltraud Schelkle (LSE)
  • Paul de Grauwe (LSE)
  • Daniel Mügge (ENLIGHTEN, University of Amsterdam)
  • Ad van Riet (European Central Bank)
  • Frank Vandenbroucke (Universitity of Amsterdam)
  • André Sapir (Université Libre de Bruxelles/Bruegel)
  • Focco Vijselaar (Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs) 
  • Jonathan Zeitlin (University of Amsterdam)
  • Ben Crum (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
  • Simona Piattoni (University of Trento)
  • René Repasi (Erasmus University Rotterdam) 



Jonathan Zeitlin (Distinguished Faculty Professor of Public Policy and Governance, University of Amsterdam and Scientific Director, ACCESS EUROPE) 

Francesco Nicoli (Postdoctoral Fellow ACCESS EUROPE and University of Amsterdam) 

David Bokhorst (PhD Candidate, University of Amsterdam and H2020 ENLIGHTEN project)

Image By Glentamara - Own work, Public Domain,




This event is co-sponsored by the Horizon2020 ENLIGHTEN-project and the European Research Council



Allard Pierson Museum - Nina van Leerzaal, Oude Turfmarkt 129, 1012 GC Amsterdam

Extra info

Entrance to the Allard Pierson Museum via: Bijzondere Collecties University of Amsterdam, Oude Turfmarkt 129.