A Conversation with Pierre Moscovici, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs

21 November 2018 - 18:00 - 19:00
Pierre Moscovici, Dharmendra Kanani

Last weeks’ Euro-summit ended in a pledge to accelerate work on deepening the Economic and Monetary Union – but is agreeing on a banking union and further developing the European Stability Mechanism enough to reform the fragile structure of the eurozone economy? Citizens have a generally positive perception of the euro as a common currency, but macro trends suggest that economic inequalities are increasing among them. And as member states don’t agree on structural reform, it is clear that the road ahead will be challenging.

We have invited Pierre Moscovici, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs to share his insights on the future of the eurozone with us.

This event is a part of our ‘Conversation with’ series, which this year functions as a look-back at the past term of the Juncker Commission’s College of Commissioners. In a pre-election year the ‘Conversation with’ series will serve as an alternative and distinct approach to the evaluation of European Commissioners and to engage in a candid conversation about their mandate and importantly the work that is unfinished which should be a priority for the next term of the Commission, to work towards a Europe that still matters in 2030.

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A Conversation with EU Commissioner Pierre Moscovici

Proposals for fundamental reform of the eurozone has opened the question on what the future eurozone will look like. Current economic trends suggest that eurozone-citizens’ income inequalities will increase. Simultaneously the opposition from Eurosceptic governments against the regulations in place put additional pressure on the eurozone economies.

  • What reform is necessary and what is politically possible for the future Eurozone?
  • Can the design of the eurozone ensure greater economic sustainability?
  • How should the eurozone be governed to ensure prosperity for its citizens?
  • What happens without any reform?

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Pierre Moscovici
European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs
Before joining the Juncker-College of Commissioners, Pierre Moscovici was France’s Minister for Economy and Finance. Between 2007 and 2014, he was a member of the French National Assembly from the Doubs constituency, where he was re-elected in 2014. He served as Minister-delegate for European Affairs between 1997 and 2002. That same year, he also served as representative of the French authorities at the Convention on the Future of Europe. After which Moscovici returned to the European Parliament where he served as Vice-President and member, in 1994-1997 and 2004-2007. He holds a master’s degree in economics and political science and a postgraduate degree in economics and philosophy. He is also a graduate of the École Nationale d'Administration.  
Dharmendra Kanani
Director of Insights at Friends of Europe
Dharmendra Kanani has been in senior leadership roles in the Public and Voluntary sectors across the UK and Europe over a period of 26 years. In 2005, he was appointed as Director of Scotland of the Big Lottery Fund. Subsequently, from 2010 to 2014, Kanani was the England Director at the Big Lottery Fund, the largest independent funder in the UK. Since 2016, he has supported Friends of Europe’s strategic development across all its policy areas with a strong focus on Climate and Energy; Peace, Security and Defence as well as Digitalisation. Prior to this role, Kanani was the European Foundation Centre’s (EFC) first Fellow in July 2014. 
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This event is by invitation only and for Friends of Europe members.
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