CES Food for Thought Series: Smart Fiscal Consolidation: A strategy for achieving sustainable public finances and growth
The global financial crisis and, in part, fiscal profligacy have contributed significantly to a sharp rise in government debt levels in Europe. Therefore, tackling excessive public deficits and debts has once again become a priority. However, the course of fiscal consolidation is being hotly debated. On one hand, there was the hope that decisive and front-loaded consolidation programmes would have expansionary effects. This expectation has been largely disappointed. On the other hand it was argued that austerity could be self-defeating. Some even commend fiscal stimulus programmes. This difficult situation calls for smart means of fiscal consolidation in terms of the structure, timing and choice of individual measures. The aim is to set up effective smart consolidation programmes that foster long-term growth, minimise the potentially negative short-term effect on economic activity and contribute to social fairness and equality. Regaining credibility by means of decisive and wide-ranging reform programmes is key.
To contribute to the policy debate, the Centre for European Studies has published a paper written by Jürgen Matthes and Galina Kolev of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research. In addition to the launch of the paper, the CES has invited Mr. Christophe Blot, Deputy Director of the Department for Analysis and Prospect, French Economic Observatory and co-author of the independent Annual Growth Survey (iAGS), to present his thoughts on the topic. The IAGS is an initiative financially supported by the S&D Group of the European Parliament within the context of their Progressive Economy Initiative, launched jointly with Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS).
Introductory remarks will be given by Danuta Maria HÜBNER, Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the Committee on Regional Development and Member of the Bureau of the Group of the European People's Party.
The introductory remarks, the launch of the policy paper and the contribution of Mr. Blot, will be followed by a Question and Answer session with the audience.
A light lunch will be served at 12:00, followed by the welcome address at 13:00.
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The Right to Self Determination - new governance models
Projection of the film
25 September 13.00-15.00
room P4B001 - European Parliament
A documentary on the socio-economic consequencies of privatisations
by Katerina Kitidi and Aris Chatzistefanou
Pre-film debate with:
When: Wednesday, 26 September, 10.00
With: Green MEP Carl Schlyter
When: Wednesday, 26 September, 11.00
Where: 6Q2, Jozsef Antall building, European Parliament
Fiscal Compact: GUE/NGL calls for review by ECJ
Austerity is killing in Portugal; the real face of the rescue programme
Thursday 11/10/12, 10:30 Room PHS 0 B01
HOW TO IMPROVE AWARENESS OF THE EP AND ITS ACCEPTANCE BY THE PUBLIC?
MEP Jiri Mastalka
MEP Vladimir Remek
With the participation of:
Firenze 10+10 Alter Summit
RESISTANCE TO AUSTERITY
17th of October 14.30-18.00
ASP 1G2 European Parliament Brussels
The Pact of Islands is the political commitment of European Islands to developing Island Sustainable Energy Action Plans (ISEAPs) and identifying Bankable Projects with the aim of meeting or exceeding the EU sustainability targets for the year 2020.
Hunger strike in Turkey : MEP back from delegation in Turkey
MEP Marie-Christine Vergiat (delegation of elected representatives to Turkey from the 31st of October to the 7th of November)
Progetto ABI Banche 2020 - Le banche italiane per la crescita e la coesione
Bruxelles, 13 Novembre 2012 ore 18.30
Parlamento Europeo, sala PHS 4b001
Apertura dei lavori:
Save the Date
Springeneration: From Ideas to Action in the Middle East and North Africa
14 November 2012, 15:00 – 18:00
COLLOQUE : "Action for teens"
Adolescence en détresse: L'urgence d'une politique d'accueil en Europe
At this crucial time in the fight against climate change, the European Islands have a key role to play in developing sustainable energy action plans.
Helga Trüpel, budgetary spokesperson of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament will be present at the EU Summit today, 22 November, as from 20.00 and on Friday, 23 November as from 1o.30 am and be available for comments.
Invitation to press conference
26th November 2012
European Parliament, Room ASP5G2, Rue Wiertz, 60, B - 1047 Brussels
EU banking union legislation to be voted in EP
When: Thursday, 29 November - 8.00 (a.m.)
4 December 2012, 9.00-12.30
European Parliament, ASP 1G2
The Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung and the Centre for European Studies cordially invite you to a conference on The European Agenda under the Irish EU-Presidency with:
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Organized by MEP Dr. Theodoros Skylakakis
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