A Strategic Agenda for the European Union for the 2020s

Lecture | March 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall | Canceled

 Daniel Gros

 Institute of European Studies, European Union Center

The last decade was dominated by crisis, forcing the EU institutions into a fire-fighting mode. With the ‘poly crisis’ overcome, it is time to reflect on a strategy for the next decade on both the internal and external side. Economic policy should avoid the rear mirror view, trying to fight the past crisis. The coming decade is more likely to be dominated by demographic trends. Infrastructure spending and ‘Green investment’ cannot overcome the slow growth which follows a declining population.

Establishing the EU as geopolitical force will require a focus on capabilities for action at the EU level, rather than more processes to coordinate foreign policy.

Daniel Gros is Director of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) since 2000. In 2020 he holds a Fulbright fellowship and is a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley.

In the past, Daniel worked at the IMF, collaborated with the European Commission as economic adviser to the Delors Committee that developed plans for the EMU. He has been member of high-level advisory bodies to the French and Belgian governments and was provided advice to numerous central banks and governments, including Greece, the UK and the US, at the highest political level.
Daniel is currently also an adviser to the European Parliament and a member of the Advisory Scientific Council (ASC) of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB).
Daniel holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. He has published extensively on international economic affairs, including on issues related to monetary and fiscal policy, exchange rates, banking as well as climate change. He is the author of several books and editor of Economie Internationale and International Finance. He has taught at several leading European Universities and contributes a globally syndicated column on European economic issues to Project Syndicate.