Conference on 'The future of the EU'

20 November 2017

To mark the launch of the Centre for European Reform's new office in Brussels, we are holding a conference on 'The future of the EU'. Michel Barnier, the EU's Brexit negotiator, will deliver a keynote speech and we will hold sessions on the euro, Brexit, migration and security.


Welcome and summary of new CER report, 'Relaunching the EU', by Charles Grant, Director, Centre for European Reform

Session 1: Who should govern the euro?

Johannes Becker, Director, Institute of Public Economics, University of Münster
Luis Garicano, Professor of Economics & Strategy, London School of Economics & Political Science/IE Business School
Hélène Rey, Professor of Economics, London Business School
Martin Sandbu, Economics Commentator, Financial Times

Keynote on Brexit by Michel Barnier
, Chief Negotiator, Taskforce on Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom

Session 2: Can the Brexit circle be squared?
John Bruton, former Prime Minister of Ireland
Monique Ebell, Associate Research Director for International Trade, Productivity & Investment, National Institute of Economic & Social Research
Peter Mandelson, Chairman, Global Counsel & former European Commissioner for Trade
Jean-Claude Piris, former Director-General, Legal Service, Council of the European Union

Session 3: The EU in the age of mass migration

Sophie Magennis, Head of the Policy & Legal Support Unit, UNHCR Bureau for Europe
Jonathan Portes, Professor of Economics & Public Policy, King's College London
Monika Sie Dhian Ho, General Director, Clingendael
Raoul Ueberecken, Director for Home Affairs, General Secretariat, Council of the European Union

Session 4: EU security in the age of Trump and Putin

Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer, Director Paris Office, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
François Heisbourg, Special Advisor, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique
Antonio Missiroli, Director, European Union Institute for Security Studies
George Robertson, former Secretary-General, NATO