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Changing geopolitical landscape – economic implications for central, eastern and south-eastern Europe

9th ECB conference on central, eastern and south-eastern European (CESEE) countries

Monday, 17 July 2023
European Central Bank, Frankfurt am Main

The conference on central, eastern and south-eastern European (CESEE) countries is a forum to discuss key economic and financial issues in the region, with participation of central banks from the EU and EU candidate countries and potential candidates, representatives from European and international institutions (European Commission, IMF, EBRD, EIB, BIS, OECD, World Bank) as well as from academia. It provides a platform for deepening the understanding of CESEE economies and exchanging views on topical policy issues.

Participation is by invitation only.

Photos from the conference




Welcome address

Christine Lagarde, President, European Central Bank


Session 1
Macroeconomic policy challenges amid a changing geopolitical landscape

Chair: Philip Lane, Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank

Keynote speech #1

Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice-President, European Commission

Panel discussion

Open floor discussion


Buffet lunch


Session 2
A longer-term view – potential structural changes ahead

Chair: Frank Elderson, Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank

Keynote speech #2

Beata Javorcik, Chief Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Panel discussion

  • Ivailo V. Izvorski, Chief Economist for Europe and Central Asia Region, World Bank
  • Anita Angelovska Bezhoska, Governor, National Bank of the Republic of North Macedonia
  • Boris Vujčić, Governor, Hrvatska narodna banka
  • Gent Sejko, Governor, Bank of Albania

Open floor discussion


Concluding remarks/End of conference

This programme may be subject to change without notice.

Conference venue

European Central Bank
Eurotower, C2.01
Kaiserstrasse 29
60311 Frankfurt am Main

+49 69 1344 0
Fax: +49 69 1344 6000

Conference language



Participants are requested to arrange their own transfers unless indicated otherwise.


Shane De Hora
Directorate General Economics
+49 69 1344 24179

Monika Galof
Directorate General International and European Relations
+49 69 1344 24027