The Annual Research Conference (ARC) of the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs takes place this year on 15 November in the Charlemagne building, Brussels.
The ARC is a one-day event which brings together an audience of about 100 invited participants from research and policy-making circles. This year’s conference will be devoted to the overall theme of “Economic challenges of the 2020s” and will be opened by Commissioner-designate Paolo Gentiloni.
The Distinguished ECFIN lecture will this year be delivered by Paul Collier of the University of Oxford, who will speak on the topic “The Future of Capitalism”. The ARC will also feature sessions on the themes of “market structures and income distribution” and “future-proofing fiscal policies”, as well as a high level panel on “Europe’s role in a changing economy”.
Update: Commissioner Moscovici’s remarks presenting the Autumn 2019 Economic Forecast are now available.
The European economy is now in its seventh consecutive year of growth and is forecast to continue expanding in 2020 and 2021. Labour markets remain strong and unemployment continues to fall. However, the external environment has become much less supportive and uncertainty is running high. This is particularly affecting the manufacturing sector, which is also experiencing structural shifts. As a result, the European economy looks to be heading towards a protracted period of more subdued growth and muted inflation.
A summary of the debate is now available.
A summary of the Committee’s consideration of draft reports is now available.
The summary of the hearing is now available.