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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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Juha-Pekka Nurvala, Head of Policy and Strategy Unit, EPP
Maria Joao Rodrigues, MEP, Chair Financial and Economic Network, PES
Svenja Hahn, President, European Liberal Youth, LYMEC, ALDE Group Youth Organisation
Monica Frassoni, Co-Chair, European Green Party
Anne Sabourin, Executive Board Member, European LEFT
Christopher Gosau, Director European Economic Policy, DIHK
Sandra Penning, Director, Brussels Representation 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