The Covid-19 pandemic constituted a major challenge for European economies and has prompted new questions on the future of the euro area. This high-level seminar will assess the macroeconomic landscape following Covid-19, including monetary policies and fiscal responses undertaken by the European Central Bank, European Commission and nation states. There will also be a discussion on how central banks are implementing strategies and using toolkits to stimulate growth and recovery, engaging with citizens and tackling upcoming risks from climate change and digital disruption.

Part A

Opening remarks
Keynote address: Economic position of Europe, integration and reforms
Robert Ophèle, President, Autorité des marchés Financiers
Session I: Macroeconomic landscape of Europe
Riccardo Barbieri, Chief Economist – Director of Economic and Financial Research, Department of the Treasury, Ministry of the Economy and Finance, Italy
Didier Borowski, Head of Global Views, Amundi
Friederike Köhler-Geib, Chief Economist, KfW Development Bank
Laurent Maurin, Senior Advisor, Economics Department, European Investment Bank

Part B

Session II: Central banking practices and toolkits
Morgan Després, Director of Strategy, Banque de France
Giuseppe Ferrero, Deputy Head, Monetary Analysis Division, Banca d’Italia
Lucio Pench, Director, Macroeconomic policies, DG ECFIN, European Commission
Carlos Thomas, Head, Macro-financial Analysis and Monetary Policy Department, Banco de España
Natacha Valla, Dean of the Sciences Po School of Management and Innovation, Paris

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This virtual discussion is part of the OMFIF Institute for Economic and Monetary Policy, OMFIF’s core stream of activities covering economic and monetary policy and the political economy. OMFIF is an independent think tank for central banking, economic policy and public investment, providing a neutral platform for best practice in worldwide public-private sector exchanges worldwide. For membership enquiries please contact or, or for further information please see the OMFIF website.

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