Multi-speed Europe – a good instrument for faster integration?

14 February 2019, from 12.30 to 14.00 followed by a light lunch


How can we better advance the integration process in Europe? Could increased intergovernmental cooperation between some European states help – meaning a Europe made up of different groupings depending on the issue involved? Or would this Europe of variable geometry ultimately lead to deeper divisions? What do we need to bear in mind when planning the future development of European monetary union? What are the prospects for the accession of further EU states to the eurozone or of Western Balkan countries to the EU?

The Association of German Banks will discuss these and other questions with some fascinating guests and cordially invites you to join us.


12.30 Welcome by Christian Ossig, Chief Executive, Association of German Banks

12.40 Panel discussion

  • Thomas Westphal, Director General – European Policy, Federal Ministry of Finance
  • Rainer Münz, Adviser, European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), European Commisson
  • Jörg Rocholl, President, Professor of Finance, EY Chair in Governance and Compliance, ESMT European School of Management and Technology, Berlin
  • Velimir Sonje, Economist and Director at Arhivanalitika, a Zagreb-based consulting company specialising in macroeconomic and financial market analysis

Hosted by Christian Ossig, Chief Executive, Association of German Banks

13.45 Questions from the audience

14.00 Light lunch


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