7th ECB conference on central, eastern and south-eastern European (CESEE) countries
Institutional quality and sustainable economic convergence
Thursday, 5 October 2017
Main Building, European Central Bank, Frankfurt am Main
Peter Praet, Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank
The catching-up processes in CESEE countries: Experiences and drivers
Chair: Peter Praet, Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank
CESEE countries – of which 11 are by now in the EU and five in the euro area – started a process of convergence in income per capita towards the rest of Europe in the early 1990s. Where do we stand now? How did the global and euro area crises affect this process, in terms of both its pace and its sustainability? To what extent were the convergence dynamics coupled with economic inclusion? What have been the ultimate drivers of the catching-up process? Can significantly different country paths be identified (e.g. in terms of institutional quality and degree of integration in global value chains), or did common factors such as structural transformation prevail? How did the incorporation of the acquis communautaire, as well as EU/euro area membership, affect the process? And how has real convergence interacted with nominal convergence and institutional quality over the past 25 years?
- Sergei Guriev, Chief Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
- Mari Kiviniemi, Deputy Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
- Erkki Liikanen, Governor, Suomen Pankki – Finlands Bank
- Dimitar Bogov, Governor, National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia
- Gertrude Tumpel-Gugerell, Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) and former Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank
- Boštjan Jazbec, Governor, Banka Slovenije
Open floor discussion
Challenges and policies to attain sustainable economic convergence in CESEE countries
Chair: Benoît Cœuré, Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank
This session will take a more forward-looking perspective, exploring various policy issues. After having reaped some of the low-hanging fruits of economic convergence, are some CESEE countries already facing the risk of middle-income traps? Do weaknesses in institutional quality and the business environment raise challenges to per capita income growth looking ahead? What are the implications of still significant net migration outflows in several countries? What scope is there for a more efficient and effective use of structural/cohesion funds? Which structural and/or macroeconomic policies are conducive to fostering sustainable economic convergence? What role could be played by the deepening of the EU Single Market, as well as the implementation of the recommendations on convergence made in the Five Presidents' Report and the Reflection Paper on Deepening of EMU?
- Jörg Decressin, Deputy Director European Department, International Monetary Fund
- István Székely, Director, Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission
- Kalin Hristov, Deputy Governor, Bulgarian National Bank
- Debora Revoltella, Director Economics Department, European Investment Bank
- Gent Sejko, Governor, Bank of Albania
- Boris Vujčić, Governor, Hrvatska narodna banka
Open floor discussion
- End of conference
This programme may be subject to change without notice.
European Central Bank
Main building, Press room
60314 Frankfurt am Main
Participants are requested to arrange their own transfers unless indicated otherwise.