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The Covid-19 Crisis and Financial Challenges in Europe: Debating the key role of the European Council
The corona virus crisis has had profound socio-economic and political repercussions in the countries of the European Union. Facing these unprecedented challenges, the European Council plays a key role with regard to the measures the European Union can take to overcome this ‘life-or-death’ challenge and thus enhance the future stability for Europe.

On June 19th, the European Council will have a further controversial round of negotiations for finding a consensus on the financial challenges. Based on a draft from the Commission for a new MFF and in view of a Franco-German recovery initiative and of positions from the frugal countries, the conclusions from this session will indicate the path for the next months with the probable ‘final game’ during the German presidency.

In view of the results of this event, the EUI-STG will host a panel of experts who will analyze and assess the role of the European Council. Especially, it will deal with the following issues:

- How has the institution of the political leaders dealt with an unprecedented event such as the Covid-19 crisis;
- Are the European Council conclusions enough to deal with the crisis? What are financial lessons we can take from the negotiations at the top level?
- What are the major lines of conflict among the member-states of the European Union?
- What do we expect in the upcoming months and, especially, from the German EU Council Presidency?

- Brigid Laffan, Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute

-Alexander Stubb, Director of the School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute

- Mendeltje van Keulen, Professor, The Hague University of Applied Sciences

- Wolfgang Wessels, Jean Monnet Professor, University of Cologne and EUI

Jul 1, 2020 02:00 PM in Rome

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