On Wednesday 29 October ECMI (European Capital Markets Institute) and CEPS (Centre for European Policy Studies) in collaboration with EURO-CEFG hosted the 2014 Annual ECMI Conference in Brussels. The conference brought together policy-makers, academics and industry stakeholders to discuss challenges for European capital markets integration policies and global financial reforms.
The ECMI Annual Conference is a major event in Brussels that brings together policy-makers, academics and international experts to discuss challenges for European capital markets integration policies and global financial reforms.
This year's conference discussed options for European capital markets to reverse financial disintegration and launch a new plan of reforms for European capital markets. The conference also assessed the impact of financial reforms on European financial markets integration, taking stock of evidence discussed by panels of international experts.
The first session, chaired by Rebecca Christie of Bloomberg News, focused on the current state of affairs of the European financial internal market and its state of (dis-)integration, and discussed post-crisis strategies to (re-)vitalise market integration. Thomas Wieser, President of the Eurogroup Working Group and the Economic and Financial Committee (EU Council) and Barry Eichengreen, Professor of Economics and Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, gave keynote presentations, followed by reflections of a panel of experts, consisting inter alia of Philippe Gudin de Vallerin, Chief European economist at Barclays, Peter Grasmann, European Commission (ECFIN) and Professor Fabian Amtenbrink (Erasmus School of Law & EURO-CEFG Research Fellow).
The second session, chaired by Professor Alessio Pacces (Erasmus School of Law and EURO-CEFG Research Fellow), focused on Liquidity Regulation and featured Mathias Dewatripont, Vice Governor of the National Bank of Belgium, and Professor Katharina Pistor, Columbia Law School, as keynote speakers. The discussant panel included inter alia Professor Franklin Allen, Imperial College Business School (Brevan Howard Centre for Financial Analysis) and Professor Enrico Perotti, University of Amsterdam.
Subsequent sessions focused on market Infrastructure and Access to Finance.