Is stronger economic and social policy coordination necessary at EU level? What effect will these measures have on societies within member states? Is austerity really the best way out of the crisis?
The Transnational Institute and Corporate Europe Observatory, in cooperation with European Attac Network invite you to a public debate:
Economic Governance for People or for the Banks?
12 October 2011, 9.30 to 12.30
at Résidence Palace - International Press Centre
Rue de la Loi 155 - Bloc C, Brussels
New laws adopted on 28 September at the EU Parliament give the European Commission increased power to intervene in member states’ economic and social policy – including national budgets, wage levels and pension rights.
Introduced in the wake of the economic crisis these new rules, known as the “Six Pack”, are designed to restructure the EU’s economic governance framework. But with little public debate on the issue even prior to the parliamentary vote, there is an urgent need to examine the implications on the future democratic and economic institutions of the EU.
Join a representative of DG ECFIN and critical economists to debate important questions about the future of economic governance in the EU:
- What is the case for the proposed economic governance package?
- What are the implications for EU member states of ceding these competencies to the European Commission?
- What are the likely impacts of implementing an austerity agenda under the proposed economic governance framework?
- Is this the solution to the crisis? What are the progressive alternatives?
Roy Dickinson, Policy Strategy and Co-ordination, DG Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission
Andy Storey, University College Dublin, Ireland
Kenneth Haar, Corporate Europe Observatory, Brussels
Costas Lapavitsas, School of Oriental and African Studies/Research for Money and Finance, London
Dominique Plihon, Scientific Council of Attac France/Paris Nord University, France
Moderator: Hilary Wainwright, Fellow at Transnational Institute (TNI) and Senior Research Associate of the International Centre for Participation Studies, Bradford University, UK
Panelists will be available for interviews at the end of the debate.
(Spanish and French translation will be provided)