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Membership in the Reforming Euro Area: The CEE Perspective


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09:15-09:30 Registration, welcome coffee

09:30-09:45 Welcoming remarks

  • Roderick Parkes, Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM)
  • Patrizio Tirelli, University of Milano-Bicocca
  • Antonio Villafranca, Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI)


09:45-10:00 Opening Speech: Artur Nowak-Far, Undersecretary of State, Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

10:00-11:30 Session 1: The Situation in the Euro Area: Between the Governance Reforms, Macroeconomic Risks, Stagnation and Political Instability 

The aim of the first session will be to assess the current developments of the debt crisis in the euro area
to identify possible risks on the way, how the situation in Cyprus, Italy, Greece, and Slovenia will affect
the future of the monetary integration in Europe, whether Cyprus represents a systemic risk for the eurozone,
or if there is any significance to the Irish success as well as the influence of the German elections on
the management of the crisis. 


  • Zoltán Gál, Insitute for Regional Studies, Hungary
  • Ognian Hishow, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin
  • Patrizio Tirelli, University of Milano-Bicocca
  • Antonio Villafranca, Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI)

Chair: Anna Visvizi, DEREE, American College of Greece, Athens

11.30-11.45 Coffee Break

11.45 – 13.15 Session 2: Eurozone Enlargement: Past Experience and Possible Economic Challenges for the CEE Countries

This session will focus on an economic assessment of possible consequences of further euro-area enlargement,
with a special focus on Poland. The panellists will make an attempt to identify the risks for both the euro area
and acceding countries, will discuss the effects of euro-area accession on the Slovak economy. The panellists
will also attempt to answer whether any new additional convergence criteria be self-imposed to better reflect
real convergence with the euro area.


  • Dr. Ettore Dorrucci (European Central Bank)
  • Dr. Martin Šuster (National Bank of Slovakia)
  • Prof. Tamás Mellár (University of Pécs)
  • Prof. Cezary Wójcik (Warsaw School of Economics)

 Chair: Paweł Tokarski (PISM)

 13.15 – 14.00 Lunch

 14.00 – 15.30 Session 3: Changing Euro Area: the CEE Perspective

The third session will focus on a general assessment of how reforms in the euro area influence the prospects of
further enlargement for CEE countries from a political perspective. The panellists will also discuss the attitude of
CEE Member States towards the ongoing reform process of the EMU and the political and institutional challenges
connected with the accession of Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic and ask whether it is a trade-off of
political gains for economic risks.


  • Tomasz Gibas (European Commission Representation to Poland) - TBC
  • Prof. Julius Horvath (Central European University)
  • David Král (Europeum Institute for European Policy)
  • Patryk Łoszewski (European Department Director, Polish Ministry of Finance)

 Chair: Roderick Parkes (PISM)

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