08-06-2017 - Bucharest (RO)

Eastern European Conference

The main topic of the conference is:

"The challenges for Eastern Europe in the present turmoil in the EU and EMU: persevering in the reforms and investing for the future"

The conference will be preceded by a welcome dinner on the 7th of June (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm), hosted by the National Bank of Romania.

Venue of the welcome dinner: NBR Training and Social Events Facility Center (Str. Dr Nicolae D. Staicovici, Nr. 42, Sector 5 – Bucharest)


Venue of the Conference on the 8th of June: National Bank of Romania - Mitita Constantinescu Conference Room (8 Doamnei Street, 030031 Bucharest)

The conference will be held in English and Romanian with simultaneous interpretation.


Preliminary Program (the list of speakers will be completed soon):

09:00 am – 09:10 am: Introductory Statement - Dr. Wim Boonstra, Chairman, ELEC Monetary Committee, Chief Economist of Rabobank, Netherlands

09:10 am - 09:25 am: Welcoming address - Dr. Mugur Isarecu, Governor of the National Bank of Romania (NBR)

09:25 am - 09:30 am: Introduction by Radu Deac, President of ELEC Romania

09:30 am - 09:45 am: Keynote Speech

09:45 am - 11:15 am: First panel: Could reforms in Eastern European Member States and in the EMU converge to pace the way for their accession to the euro?


11:15 am - 11:45 am: Coffee Break


11:45 am - 01:15 pm: Second Panel: Strategy for economic growth and job creation: the role of new financial instruments 2014-2020 under the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF): are the Eastern European Member States making good use of the financing opportunities to enhance their resilience?


01:15 pm - 02:15 pm: Walking Lunch


02:15 pm - 03:45 pm: Third Panel: Capital markets and Private pension funds in Eastern European Member States: how can we put local retail saving at work, improve the functioning of local financial markets and make fixed income markets more attractive to retail investors?

- Dr. Wim Boonstra, Chief Economist of Rabobank: the Dutch experience and the Experience of agricutural cooperative banks such as Rabobank


03:45 pm - 04:00 pm: Coffee Break


04:00 pm - 05:15 pm: Final Panel: Possible initiatives/contributions of the Bulgarian/Austrian and Romanian EU Presidencies to the current economic, migration and security challenges faced by the EU? How should Bulgarian-Romanian cooperation work in a broader regional cooperation context?

05:15 pm - 05:45 pm: Conclusions - Bernard Snoy, President ELEC International


8:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Relaxing dinner

Venue of the dinner: to be announced


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