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An Economy that Works for the People: Beyond Brexit and Covid-19

On 12th April 2021 the DCU Brexit Institute hosted a day-long conference entitled “An Economy that Works for the People: Beyond Brexit and Covid-19” . The event featured an opening statement by Mr. Paolo Gentiloni, European Commissioner in charge of Economic Affairs, and took stock of the major development which Next Generation EU, the post-pandemic recovery fund, represents for the future of the European Union.

The event was organized in the framework of the Jean Monnet Project RELAY, an EU-funded Erasmus+ project, coordinated by Maastricht University, and involving a number of partners across Europe, designed to assess the policy priorities of the new European Commission. The Brexit Institute leads within RELAY the work package focused on the Commission priority of “An Economy that Works for the People”, which also gives the title to the event.

10:00 CET Opening Remarks
Federico Fabbrini, Director of DCU Brexit Institute

10:00 CET Opening Statement 
Paolo Gentiloni, European Commissioner

10:00 – 11:00 CET Opening High Level Dialogue: The EU Recovery Fund
Chair: Greg Hughes, Vice President for Research, DCU
Alex Brenninkmeijer, Member of European Court of Auditors
Thomas Wieser, former President of Eurogroup Working Group

11:00 – 12:30 CET Panel 1: The New EU Economic Policy after Covid-19 and Next  Generation EU
Chair: Christine Neuhold, Professor of EU Democratic Governance, Maastricht University
Michael Breen, Associate Professor of Political Economy, DCU
Ramon Marimon, Professor of Economics, EUI
Vivien Schmidt, Professor of Political Science, Boston University
Bart Vanhercke, Director of European Social Observatory

14:30 – 16:00 CET Panel 2: The European Economy and the Future of the Eurozone after Brexit
Chair: Sharon O’Brien, Associate Dean for Research, DCU Faculty of Humanities & Social Science
Federico Fabbrini, Director of the DCU Brexit Institute
Oliver Mangan, Chief Economist, AIB
Dwayne Price, Partner, Grant Thornton
Valerio Scollo, Partner, GSK Stockmann (Luxembourg)

16:00 – 17:00 CET High Level Debate: Next Generation EU and the Conference on the Future of Europe
Chair: Federico Fabbrini, Director of the DCU Brexit Institute
Gwendoline Delbos–Corfield, Member of the European Parliament
Danuta Hubner, Member of the European Parliament
Domenec Ruiz Devesa, Member of the European Parliament
Sandro Gozi, Member of the European Parliament

17:00 CET Closing Remarks
Daire Keogh, President of DCU

The full programme and the event report are available

The recordings of the event will be available on the DCU Brexit Institute youtube channel.