Past event

Conference

Kick-starting the European Economy

25 Jun 2012 - 00:00 to 26 Jun 2012 - 00:00

Chatham House, London

Faced with the ongoing eurozone crisis, what are Europe’s prospects for growth?

This conference will assess the full implications of the crisis and examine the opportunities for radical pro-competitiveness reform.

  • What are the prospects for growth in an increasingly turbulent eurozone?
  • Will Europe’s proposed new ‘growth compact’ and Eurobonds deliver growth? Does Europe have the time to wait?  
  • What will the European Investment Bank’s role be in a new ‘growth compact’ for Europe? 
  • Is it time for Europe to go back to basics and ‘think small’?


The conference will bring together European policy-makers, financiers and investors from Europe and emerging markets, along with representatives from regional development hubs and the relevant business sectors to discuss the reform priorities for growth in the face of demands for austerity.

  • Ilona Antoniszyn-Klik *

    • Undersecretary of State
  • Simon Brooks, CB

    • Vice President
  • Jyri Häkämies

    • Minister of Economic Affairs
  • Dr Markus Kerber

    • Director-General
  • Boris Azais

    • Director, Industrial Policy Europe Canada, MSD
  • Andrew Balls

    • Head, European Portfolio Management
  • Iain Begg

    • Professorial Research Fellow
  • Tudor Brown

    • President and co-founder
  • Mark Cliffe

    • Chief Economist
  • Robert Crawford

    • Director, Innovation and Economic Growth
  • Peter Dawes Huish

    • Chairman and and CEO
  • Isabel Grilo

    • Head of Unit, Product Market Reforms
  • Malcolm Harbour MEP

    • Chairman of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee
  • Dr Christian Ketels

    • Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness
  • Matthew Kirk

    • Group External Affairs Director
  • Dr Gerard Lyons

    • Chief Economist and Group Head of Global Research
  • Nick Mabey

    • CEO & Founding Director
  • David Marsh

    • Co-chair
  • Dr Adam Marshall

    • Director of Policy and External Affairs
  • Werner Pamminger

    • Managing Director
  • George Parker

    • Political Editor
  • Vicky Pryce

    • Senior Managing Director
  • Jonathan Scheele

    • Head, European Commission Representation in the UK
  • Bernadette Ségol

    • General-Secretary
  • Dr Paola Subacchi

    • Research Director, International Economics
  • Jean-Paul Villain

    • Director of Strategy Unit
  • Dr Hinrich Voss

    • Roberts Academic Research Fellow

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Venue

Chatham House

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Conference Unit
Chatham House
10 St James's Square
London
SW1Y 4LE
UK

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Accommodation

Although we cannot book accommodation for delegates, we have arranged a reduced rate at some nearby hotels, where you can book your own accommodation. Please inform the hotel that you will be attending a conference at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) to qualify for the Institute's reduced rate.

Please note all rates are subject to availability.

Flemings Mayfair
Half Moon Street
Mayfair
London W1Y 7RA
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7499 2964
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7499 1817
Standard Single £180 + VAT

The Cavendish London
81 Jermyn Street
London
SW1U 6JF
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7930 2111
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7839 2125
Standard Single £200 + VAT

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DAY ONE
Monday 25 June 2012

Session One
Europe’s Growth: Stalled or broken down?

  • What are the prospects for growth in an increasingly turbulent eurozone?
  • Will fiscal consolidation and austerity measures compromise growth across the continent?  
  • Will Europe’s new proposed ‘growth compact’ and proposed Eurobonds deliver growth? Does Europe have the time to wait?   

Chair Dr Paola Subacchi
Research Director, International Economics
Chatham House

09.30    Keynote Speakers
Jyri Häkämies
Minister of Economic Affairs
Finland

Ilona Antoniszyn-Klik
Undersecretary of State
Ministry of the Economy, Poland

10.20    Questions and Discussion

10.40 - 11.00    Refreshments


Session Two
Never Waste a Crisis

  • Is Europe likely to develop any credible pro-growth austerity plans or will populist demands be too strong to resist?
  • What will the European Investment Bank’s role be in the proposed new ‘growth compact’ for Europe?
  • Can the momentum of fiscal reform be used to achieve long-standing labour market reforms?
  • To what extent is Germany’s dominance of the European economic reform a recipe for inappropriate growth strategies?

Chair    
George Parker
Political Editor
Financial Times

11.00    Keynote Address

Simon Brook, CB
Vice President
European Investment Bank

Questions & Discussion

11.35 Speaker Panel

Malcolm Harbour MEP
Chairman of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee
European Parliament

Mark Cliffe
Chief Economist
ING Group

Iain Begg
Professorial Research Fellow
London School of Economics

David Marsh
Co-chair
Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum

Matthew Kirk
Director, Group External Affairs
Vodafone

12.25 Questions & Discussion

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
 

Session Three
Hubs: Learning from European Clusters of Excellence

  • European hubs in IT, luxury goods, pharmaceuticals and green technologies have shown resilience in the downturn: can hubs, or centres of excellence, drive growth?
  • What makes a hub successful?  Proximity to first-class university research facilities? Transport links? First-mover advantage?
  • What can policy-makers do to nurture hubs? Tax breaks? Intellectual property protection? Finance?
  • What is the role of the state in encouraging research and development and collaboration?
  • What are the benefits, and obstacles, to creating a network of pan-European hubs?

Chair 
Jonathan Scheele
Head, European Commission Representation in the UK
European Commission

14.00 Speaker Panel
Dr Christian Ketels
Harvard Business School faculty at Professor Michael E Porter’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness

Boris Azaïs
Director, Industrial Policy
MSD

Tudor Brown
President and co-founder
ARM

Werner Pamminger
Chief Executive
Cluster Upper Austria

15.00 Questions & Discussion

15.40 – 16.00    Refreshments

Session Four
Thinking Small

  • Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are regarded as drivers of innovation and growth and employ more than half the workforce in most countries.  What policies are most effective in encouraging their growth and development?
  • To what extent does Europe-wide regulation take their needs into account? How can red tape be reduced?
  • What do SMEs need to become strong exporters?  Market information? Credit? State support?
  • How can SMEs gain access to credit in the current climate?


Chair    
Tudor Brown
President and co-founder
ARM

16.00 Speakers
Dr Robert M Crawford
Director, Innovation and Economic Growth
National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA)

Peter Dawes Huish
Chairman and CEO
LinuxIT

Dr Adam Marshall
Director of Policy and External Affairs
British Chambers of Commerce

16.55    Questions & Discussion

17.30    End of Day One and Reception


DAY TWO
Tuesday 26 June 2012

Session Five
The Single Market

  • How will the current crisis affect the single market?
  • Is there the political will to achieve a single market in services?  Or are the needs of service industries too country-specific? 
  • Can the single market help bring about the economic growth Europe needs?

Chair
Vicky Pryce
Senior Managing Director
FTI Consulting

09.30  Speakers
Andrew Balls
Head, European Portfolio Management
PIMCO

Isabel Grilo
Head of Unit, Product Market Reforms
Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission

Bernadette Ségol
General-Secretary
European Trade Union Confederation

10.00 Questions & Discussion

10.20 Keynote Speaker
Dr Markus Kerber
Director-General
Federation of German Industries (BDI)

Questions & Discussion

11.00 – 11.30    Refreshments

Session Six
Inward Investment

  • What are the potential sources of foreign direct investment into Europe, and is Europe open for that investment?
  • Which sectors are of most interest to foreign investors, particularly to emerging market sovereign wealth funds?
  • What are the political barriers to corporate takeovers in Europe?
  • What is being done to encourage inward investment?  What works?

Chair   
Dr Paola Subacchi    
Research Director, International Economics
Chatham House

11.30 Speakers
Dr Gerard Lyons
Chief Economist
Standard Chartered

Jean-Paul Villain
Head, Strategy Unit
Abu Dhabi Investment Authority

Vicky Pryce
Senior Managing Director
FTI Consulting

Dr Hinrich Voss
Roberts Academic Research Fellow
Leeds University Business School

12.40 Discussion

13.00 Lunch and end of conference


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