Investment, Growth, Jobs – Our path towards a strong Europe

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Growth, Jobs –
Our path towards
a strong Europe
24 February 2015, Berlin
Dear Madam, dear Sir,
Europe is facing a transition
period. Economic growth is slow;
high unemployment - particularly
youth unemployment - is a great
problem in parts of Europe, even
affecting society as a whole. The
debt crisis is not over yet, either.
This means that, more than ever,
we need to focus on setting the
right priorities for a better and stronger Europe.
There are many aspects to the urgent problems we are now
facing in Europe. One immediate issue is to provide a fresh
stimulus and new measures to encourage growth and
investment, to boost Europe’s international competitiveness, and to create jobs. If we are to be successful in the
long term, however, we will also need to tackle the weaknesses of the Economic and Monetary Union. We will need
to provide more incentives for structural reform. If we are
to safeguard the prosperity of our citizens, we will have to
boost our potential for growth in Europe.
Europe will earn the trust of its citizens if it tackles these
challenges. We would like to present and discuss ideas for
the future development of the European Union and
specific ways to implement them with you at the conference entitled “Investment, Growth, Jobs - Our path towards
a strong Europe” on 24 February 2015. I look forward to
seeing you there.
from 09:30
Coffee and light breakfast
Beginning of the conference, Aula
Moderation: Dr. Ulrike Guérot, Director
of the European Democracy Lab, Berlin
followed by
Opening speech
Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for
Economic Affairs and Energy
Speech: “New Stimulus for Employment,
Growth and Investment in Europe –
the EU Growth Policy”
Pierre Moscovici, European Commissioner
for Economic and Financial Affairs,
Taxation and Customs
Sincerely yours,
Sigmar Gabriel
Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy
Panel 1: Elements of a European Growth
Prof. Dr. Henrik Enderlein, Professor of
Political Economy, Hertie School of Gover­
nance, Director J. Delors Institute - Berlin
Pierre Moscovici, European Commissioner
for Economic and Financial Affairs,
Taxation and Customs
Dr. Angelica Schwall-Düren, Minister for
Federal Affairs, Europe and the Media of
the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
Dr. Martin Wansleben, Chief Executive
of the Association of German Chambers of
Commerce and Industry
Lunch break
Speech: “A new Start for Europe: Challenges
for the European Commission”
Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of
the European Commission
Panel 2: Reform Priorities for the
European Monetary Union
Jörg Asmussen, State Secretary at the
Federal Ministry of Labour and Social
Laurence Boone, Special advisor to the
French President on international and
European economic and fiscal policy
issues, Sherpa G7, G20 (tbc)
Prof. Marcel Fratzscher, Ph.D., President
of the German Institute for Economic
Jakob von Weizsäcker, MEP, Committee
on Economic and Monetary Affairs
Coffee break
Panel 3: Institutional Challenges to
European Integration
Prof. Dr. Danuta Maria Hübner, MEP,
Chair of the Committee on
Constitutional Affairs (Keynote)
Prof. Dr. Franz C. Mayer, LL.M., Chair of
Public Law, European Law and Public
International Law, Comparative Law,
Law & Politics, Bielefeld University
Manuel Sarrazin, MdB, Committee on
the Affairs of the European Union
Dr. Daniela Schwarzer, Senior Director
for Research and Director of the Europe
Program, German Marshall Fund, Berlin
Concluding speech
Hubertus Heil, MdB, deputy chair of the
SPD Parliamentary Group
17:00Reception, Eichensaal