Driving the European comeback; What reforms are needed?

The Confederation of Finnish Industries EK and the European Policy Centre are hosting a high-level seminar on Europe’s economic future in Brussels.

Wednesday 23 September, 17.30-19.00 + reception
Cercle de Lorraine, 6 Place Poelaert, 1000 Brussels

EU scepticism is on the rise in many parts of Europe. The UK wants reforms whilst with one eye on the exit. Others are fiercely critical but offer no real alternative. The most powerful change, however, is the one that we can make together, from within. Now is the time to define the future direction of the EU until 2020. What should be our top priorities? How ambitious should we be whilst remaining realistic? How can we make the shift from words to action, from political statements to concrete measures?

The seminar will focus on constructive analysis, fact-based critique and practical solutions for putting Europe back on the growth track. EK will also announce its reform programme for the EU, prepared in cooperation with Jan Store, former Finnish Permanent Representative to the EU.

PROGRAMME
17.30: Welcome words
Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Executive, European Policy Centre

Opening remarks
Matti Alahuhta, Chairman of the Board, Confederation of Finnish Industries EK

17.40: Keynote speaker
Luc Tholoniat, Economic Adviser, Cabinet of President Jean-Claude Juncker,
European Commission

18.00: Panel discussion
Peter Chase, Vice President, Europe, US Chamber of Commerce
Rebecca Harms, MEP, Co-President of the Greens / EFA Group in the EP
Renate Hornung-Draus, Managing Director, Confederation of German Employers BDA
Jyri Häkämies, Director General, Confederation of Finnish Industries EK
Luc Tholoniat, Economic Adviser, Cabinet of President Jean-Claude Juncker
Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Executive, European Policy Centre (Moderator)

19.00: Cocktail reception

For last minute registrations please turn to Satu Toivonen (firstname.lastname@ek.fi)


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