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European Day 2015

7th European Day at the University of Economics, Prague

Economic Reforms in Europe: Responsibility vs. Solidarity

Centre of European Studies, University of Economics, Prague, together with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung organised the 7th European Day, this time on the topic of the economic reforms in Europe. The conference was held on March 10th 2015 in the premises of the University of Economics, Prague.

Opening remarks were held by Jarolím Antal, director of Centre of European Studies, together with Werner Böhler, director of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung for Czech Republic and Slovakia. Both gentlemen welcomed participants, highlighted long-term mutual cooperation and outlined the conference programme and its importance in the context of current developments in the Czech Republic and in the EU.

Panel I.: Reforms and Europe 2020. How to restart growth?

The consequent program had been held in the form of three panels. The first panel called “Reforms and Europe 2020. How to restart growth?“ hosted four speakers - Aleš Chmelař, Chief Economist from the European Section of the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic; Jaroslav Klaška, Member of Parliament, Aleš Michl, analyst from the Raiffeisen Bank and Zdeněk Kudrna, economist from the University of Vienna. The panel participants dedicated their speeches to the Europe 2020 Strategy from the perspectives both of the Czech Republic and the EU. They defined main obstacles to growth as well as solution possibilities.

Panel II.: The Effects of Financial Assistance packages in Eurozone during Crisis

Within the second panel, “The Effects of Financial Assistance packages in Eurozone during Crisis”, three presentations were held. Speakers Oldřich Dědek, Special Envoy for Introduction of Euro in the Czech Republic; Susana Vogt, Director of the Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung, Athens and Vojtěch Belling, Director, Section EU and International Organizations, Czech Central Bank focused on structural problems of the Eurozone member states and on the structure of financial aid to indebted countries. All of the speakers defined the political consequences of the crisis as very serious, however not hopeless.

Panel III.: Euro and Europe: What future for both?

In the third panel, that was called “Euro and Europe: What future for both?”, had participated Mojmír Hampl, Vice-Governor of the Czech Central Bank; Alexandr Hobza, Economist from DG ECFIN in the European Commission and Petr Zajíc from Pioneer Investments. The speakers were discussing the perspectives of the Eurozone as well as the Czech Republic after the financial crisis, for instance the strengthened economic governance of the EU and also differences between the EU and USA regarding dealing with the consequences of the economic crisis.

The last session of the conference had been dedicated to students, who were participating in the students´ debate. The debating topic was based on the conference panels and brought various new insights on the problems defined before by the respected experts.

The program ended with a glass of wine. The conference was attended by around 100 people and its popularity among students, professors, as well as general public, and positive feedback from the participants became further commitments for organizers.