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Covering the Brussels Economic Forum 2013

17 June - 18 June 2013, Brussels (Economic and Financial Policy 2013)

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Today more than ever, the future of the EU's Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) is at the heart of the debate. While exiting the debt crisis and reinforcing competitiveness remain the key priorities, wider challenges need to be addressed.
How to secure the competitiveness of Europe in the global economic environment? What is the genuine EMU model for the future and how to get there? What about banking, fiscal and economic union as part of the road map?
The Brussels Economic Forum (BEF) is the annual gathering of economic decision makers, legislators and opinion leaders in which current economic issues are tackled through high-level and substantive debate. It is an inspiring event that shouldn’t be missed.

This year’s high-level speakers include:
José Manuel BARROSO, President of the European Commission
Olli REHN, European Vice-President and Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro
Pascal LAMY, WTO Director-General who will deliver the 3rd Annual Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa Lecture in honour of one of the founding fathers of EMU and the euro
Enda KENNY, Prime Minister of Ireland
Erkki LIIKANEN, Governor of the Bank of Finland
Sharon BOWLES, Member of European Parliament, Chair of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee
Martin JAHN, President of the Czech Automotive Industry Association

On this occasion, the European Journalism Centre and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs are pleased to invite 18 journalists from the EU27 specialised in economic and financial affairs to cover this year’s Economic Forum and to attend a background briefing organised alongside of the BEF.

The event will feature panel discussions as well as on and off the record talks with senior members of the EU institutions (including the EU Commission and the EU Parliament) as well as experts from the NGO, think tank and academic communities in Brussels. The discussions will be lively, informal and should significantly help those attending to get an inside look at where the EU economy and currency is and what future predictions are being made about it.

The seminar will be held from 18-19 June 2013 in Brussels.
Participants are expected to arrive on 17 June (evening). Departure time is planned for 20 June (morning).

The organisers will cover travel, and accommodation.

For more information, please contact Lisa Bushart at bushart@ejc.net.

This seminar is organised with financial and organisational support from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs.

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