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The Road to EP Elections 2019: A Political Manifesto for the Eurozone?


The Road to EP Elections 2019: A Political Manifesto for the Eurozone?

When French President, Emmanuel Macron, launched his presidential bid, the reform of the Eurozone was listed as a top priority, envisioning a shared budget and governance structure.

Chancellor Merkel finally managed to strike a deal with old and new coalition partners from the German Social Democrats in early March, promising to work with France on a joint proposal to reform the Eurozone.

But discussions were delayed, and there are rumours that the French proposal of a shared Eurozone budget does not sit well with all circles in Berlin, including the ones that are close to chancellor Merkel.

In this context, the European Commission proposed a package of initiatives on deepening the Economic and Monetary Union, including the establishment of a European Monetary Fund (EMF), new budgetary instruments for the Eurozone as well as creating the function of European Minister of Economy and Finance who could serve as Vice-President of the Commission and chair the Eurogroup. 

With less than one year before the next European elections, these questions are yet to be answered:
- How are the European parties positioning themselves?
- What are the priorities with regards to the Eurozone under a Franco-German initiative and leadership?
- Will the political parties manage to steer the reform process in the European Parliament and in their national parliaments?

EURACTIV invites you to this high-level Forum with political representatives of all European Parties, including a Franco-German business perspective on the consolidation and reform of the Eurozone.


EURACTIV Network Office
Boulevard Charlemagne 1, 1041 Brussels

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Christian Kremer, Deputy Secretary General, EPP
Yonnec Polet, Deputy Secretary General, PES
Nils Torvalds, MEP, Vice-Chair ALDE Group
Monica Frassoni, Co-Chair, European Green Party
Christopher Gosau, Director European Economic Policy, DIHK
Sandra Penning, Permanent Delegate, CCI Paris Ile-de-France


Prof. Micael Castanheira, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management


17:00 – 17:30 Registration and networking
17:30 – 18:15 Opening statements
18:15 – 19:00 Discussion and Q&A
19:00 – 20:00 Cocktail


Ioan Bucuras
+32 (0)2 788 36 92