Next Stop: Paris!
After Brussels, Bratislava, Helsinki, Dublin, London, Madrid, the Economic Ideas Forum is on the road again
A High-Level Conference
Literally! Come and Discuss All Things Economy while enjoying a breath-taking view of Paris
Economic Ideas Forum 2018, Paris.
21 June, Le Dernier Etage
Un événement primé :
meilleure conférence politique aux European Excellence Awards 2017
With the special participation of
Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the European Commission and many more

What is the EIF?

Now in its ninth year, the Economic Ideas Forum (EIF) is a high-level, award-winning conference on the most pressing issues facing the European economy. After successful past Forums held in Brussels, Bratislava, Helsinki, Dublin, London and Madrid, our next stop will be Paris! 

Every year, the Forum brings together Prime Ministers, Members of the European institutions, business leaders and academic experts in order to consider innovative policy ideas and solutions. Operating with interactive tools such as polls and real time audience input, the forum provides you and more than 250 other participants with the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the live debate and contribute with your personal knowledge and opinions. 

Be it the technicalities of the Eurozone area, the impact of globalisation on the middle class, artificial intelligence or climate change, #EIF18 will be the go-to conference for all connoisseurs interested in novel economic thought and content-rich debates. So make sure you reserve your seat and don’t miss out on our expert high-level speakers, dynamic and interactive panels, all in a perfect setting with a spectacular 360ᵒ view over Paris! 


08:30-09:30 Registration and welcome breakfast
09:30-09:40 WELCOME:
Mikuláš Dzurinda, President of the Martens Centre
Nino Galetti, Head of the France Office, Konrad Adenauer Foundation
09:40-11:00 PANEL 1 Globalisation and the Middle Classes: From Backlash to Boost
Jyrki Katainen, European Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness
Viviane Reding, MEP, Committee on International Trade l
Matthias Schäfer, Head of Financial and Labour Market Policy, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Berlin
Thomas Spiller, Vice President Global Public Policy, The Walt Disney Company
Modrated by: Ryan Heath, Politico Europe Senior Correspondent
11:00-11:20 Coffee break
11:20-12:30 PANEL 2 Visions for the Eurozone in a Time of EU Reforms
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Secretary General of the CDU, Germany
Averof Neofytou, President of the Democratic Rally, Cyprus
Virginie Calmels, First Vice-President of Les Républicains, France
Álvaro Santos Pereira, Chief Economist and Director of the Country Studies Branch, OECD
Moderated by: Roland Freudenstein, Martens Centre Policy Director
12:30-12:45 KEYNOTE Future of France
Laurent Wauquiez, President of Les Républicains, France
12:45-14:00 Networking Lunch
14:00-14:10 KEYNOTE SPEECH:
Joseph Daul, President of the European People’s Party (EPP))
14:10-15:15 PANEL 3 Jobs, Skills and Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
Constance Le Grip, MP, Vice-President of the Committee on Culture and Education
Gonçalo Carriço, Political Advisor on Innovation, Technology and Digital Policy, EPP
Žiga Turk, Professor at the University of Ljubljana, Former Slovenian Minister of Education
Marc Mossé, Senior Director EU Government Affairs, Microsoft
Moderated by: Erika Widegren, Chief Executive of Re-Imagine Europa
15:15-15:30 Coffee break
15:30-16:30 PANEL 4 The New Digital Economy and Ecosystem
Martin Bailey, Head of Unit, Digital Policy Development and Coordination, DG Connect, European Commission
Gérard Pogorel, Professor of Economics and Management, Telecom ParisTech
Serge Abiteboul, Computer Scientist and Member of the Board, ARCEP
Karim Lesina, Senior Vice President, International External Affairs, AT&T
Moderated by: Leila Abboud, Independent Journalist Covering Technology Policy
16:30-16:50 Coffee break
16:50-17:50 PANEL 5 Energy and Climate Change: beyond 2020
Fabienne Keller, Senator, AGIR, Vice-President of the Committee on European Affairs and the Committee on Finance
Jorge Moreira da Silva, Director of Development Cooperation, OECD
Ivo Belet, MEP, Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
Peter Harris, Director of Sustainability, Europe, UPS
Moderated by: Dimitar Lilkov, Research Officer, Martens Centre
Antonio López-Istúriz White, MEP, Secretary General of the EPP, Secretary Treasurer of the Martens Centre
Closing: Tomi Huhtanen, Executive Director of the Martens Centre
18:00-19:00 Closing cocktail

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Virginie Calmels

Virginie Calmels

First Vice President of Les Républicains
Laurent Wauquiez

Laurent Wauquiez

President of Les Républicains
Jyrki Katainen

Jyrki Katainen

Vice President of the European Commission
Fabienne Keller

Fabienne Keller

Senator, Vice President of the Finance committee and the committee of European Affairs
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

Secretary General of CDU Germany
Joseph Daul

Joseph Daul

President of the European People's Party


A glimpse of previous Forums. Here’s a bit of what to expect on June 21st:


Our event is FREE, just make sure you register and choose the panels you want to attend!

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Practical Info

When : 21 June 2018
Address : 9 Rue Forest, Paris 18 ième (France)
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