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Wednesday 21 March: Bibliotheque Solvay, Leopold Park, Brussels (enter the Parc Léopold from the Rue Belliard entrance, nr 137) - 6.15pm to 8pm, followed by a cocktail reception

Statue holding a euro symbol

ACCA invites you to a high level event, where distinguished experts will discuss how to strike the right balance between discipline, accountability, growth and solidarity to meet the economic governance challenges ahead of us.

The financial crisis has revealed a series of weaknesses in economic governance throughout the EU. It has also highlighted special attention should be paid to macro-economic imbalances and divergences in competitiveness between EU countries. 

The EU institutions and its member states have therefore taken a series of important decisions, including reaching an inter-governmental agreement on the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union signed by 25 member states. These measures, aiming to strengthen fiscal, economic and budgetary coordination for the EU as a whole and for the euro area in particular, are designed to put an end to the spiral of unsustainable public finances and to the loss of competitiveness. 

Discipline and political will from all member states and EU institutions are necessary to implement and comply with the new rules on economic governance. But it is not enough to focus on ‘austerity’ measures alone. We should in parallel broaden the perspective towards the issues of greatest concern to EU citizens and work towards robust plans for sustainable growth and jobs’ restoration and creation. Maintaining the principle of solidarity will also be of paramount importance.

For further information and registration please contact - RSVP by Wednesday 14 March.


6.15pm: Registration 

6.30pm: Welcome speech by Dean Westcott, ACCA President 

6.40pm: Roundtable: Striking the right balance between discipline, accountability, growth and solidarity: 

Transparency and fiscal consolidation, Rolf Alter, Director - Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD 

Achieving sustainable austerity, Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Economist, EPC 

The enhanced role of Eurostat towards better economic governance, Alexandre Makaronidis , head of the unit GFS quality management and government accounting, DG EUROSTAT 

Improving budget orthodoxy and sustainability of public finances, Philippe Peuch-Lestrade, Ernst & Young Partner 

Towards more growth and solidarity, views from the European Parliament , Elisa Ferreira MEP 

7.20pm: Debate with the audience  

7.55pm: Conclusions 

8pm: Cocktail reception