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IMPORTANT: NEW DATE (25-26 Feb)! Covering winter 2014 European Economic Forecast

25 February - 26 February 2014, Brussels (ECFIN 2014)

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Since autumn 2012, the European Commission publishes three short-term macroeconomic forecasts per year - in the winter, spring and autumn – instead of the usual two editions. This new structure was put into place in response to the enhanced fiscal and macroeconomic surveillance of EU Member States introduced as a reaction to the economic and financial crisis. The forecasts, produced by the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, concentrate on the Member States, the euro area and the EU, but also include outlooks for candidate countries as well as some non-EU countries.

According to the Commission's autumn forecast released in November 2013, there have been encouraging signs of an economic recovery in Europe in the third quarter of 2013.
According to Olli Rehn, Commission Vice-President for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro "There are increasing signs that the European economy has reached a turning point. The fiscal consolidation and structural reforms undertaken in Europe have created the basis for recovery. But it is too early to declare victory: unemployment remains at unacceptably high levels. That’s why we must continue working to modernise the European economy, for sustainable growth and job creation."

Against this backdrop, the European Journalism Centre in co-operation with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, is tailoring a media seminar for a specialised group of 18 journalists from the EU28 covering economic and financial issues.

The event will feature panel discussions as well as on and off the record talks with senior members of the EU institutions, representatives of the upcoming Greek Presidency, the ECB and the IMF as well as experts from the think tank and academic communities in Brussels. Participating journalists will have the exclusive opportunity to attend the winter 2014 European Economic Forecast press conference by Olli Rehn, Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro.

The discussions will be lively, informal and should significantly help those attending to get the inside track on where the EU economy and currency is and what future predictions are being made about it.

The seminar will be held from 25-26 February 2014 in Brussels (original date was 27-28 February). The organisers will cover travel, accommodation and some meals.
For more information, please contact Malou Oldenhof at oldenhof@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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