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9 October 2021

Eurozone - Oportunity or Risk?

Zagreb, Croatia

The Eurozone debate in the European Union has long been a difficult subject, from the financial crisis and bailouts of the late 2000’s, to the ongoing discussions around the raising of own resources through Eurobonds.

Since the Lisbon Treaty in 2009, all EU Member States, with the exception of Denmark, have an obligation to eventually join the Eurozone. Since joining the European Union in 2014, Croatia has been part of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism, which pegs its currency to the Euro.

Almost a decade after joining the EU, Croatian politicians are in open talks about finally taking the country into the Eurozone on the 1st of January 2023. Two questions however remain, is Eurozone membership beneficial for Croatia? Or does membership of the Euro pose a risk to Croatia’s economy.

Please register for the event at: contact@newdirection.online

Location

Sheraton Zagreb Hotel, Ul. kneza Borne 2, 10000, Zagreb




Agenda

Saturday, 9th October 2021

09:30

Opening Speech

  • Tomasz Poreba MEP, President of New Direction 

09:35

Opening Speech

  • Marko Milanović Litre MP – President of New Perspective

09:45

Panel 1

Eurozone Expansion: Opportunity or Risk?

  • Elmars Kehris – Executive Director Latvian Economists Association
  • Bernd Lucke – Professor of Economics at University of Hamburg
  • Neven Vidaković – Professor of Economics University of Zagreb
  • Pieter Cleppe – Editor in Chief the Brussels Report
  • Moderator: Petar Stefanic, Independent journalist

10:45

Coffee break

11:00

Panel 2

Inflation: The Next Crisis?

  • Andrej Grubišić – Professor of Finance
  • Domenico Lombardi – Secretary General of Centro Studi Kypseli
  • Vesna Vučemilović MP – Member of Parliament
  • Vedrana Pribičević – Lecturer University of Zagreb
  • Moderator: Petar Stefanic, Independent journalist

12:00

Lunch break

14:00

Presentation

Legal aspects of Croatia's entry into the Eurozone

  • Mato Palić – Constitutional Lawyer

14:30

Coffee break

14:45

Panel 3

EuroBonds: EU Taxation by Other Means

  • Bernd LuckeProfessor of Economics at University of Hamburg
  • Robert Tyler – Senior Policy Advisor, New Direction
  • Neven VidakovićProfessor of Economics University of Zagreb
  • Moderator: Mladen Sirovica, National TV Journalist

15:45

Coffee break

16:00

Panel 4

Central Banking in the 21st Century

  • Weronika Dumin – President, Instytut Promyka
  • Domenico Lombardi – Secretary General of Centro Studi Kypseli
  • Vesna Vučemilović MPMember of Parliament
  • Moderator: Mladen Sirovica, National TV Journalist

17:15

Closing speech

  • Witold de Chevilly – Executive Director, New Direction