Stefanie Kleimeier


A Special Event Marking the 25th Anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty

Aula, School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University, February 16, 2017, 3-6 pm

The 2007/8 financial crisis and its long-term effects on the real economy have highlighted the challenges faced by a common monetary policy within a currency union. Clearly, policy makers are grappling with the design of a common monetary policy that fits a set of heterogeneous countries. Contemporaneously, financial globalization has led to a substantial increase in international financial flows, increased volatility in financial markets and the need for global liquidity. In the face of these developments, the sustainability of the European Monetary Union is critically evaluated by policymakers, politicians and practitioners. The outcome of this assessment is essential for the role of Europe in a financially integrated world.

Against this background, the School of Business and Economics of the Maastricht University hosted a Special Event on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty regarding “25 Years after Maastricht: The Future of Money and Finance in Europe”. The event’s keynote speeches and panel discussion provided a forum for a dialogue between international scholars and practitioners. Furthermore, the event informed a broader public audience about the current issues and policy options for the future of the European Monetary Union.

The keynote speakers were:

  • Benoît Cœuré, Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank.
  • Barry Eichengreen, University of California at Berkeley: "Aftershocks of Monetary Unification"

The keynote speeches was followed by a panel discussion on the future of money and finance in Europe with:

  • Daniel Gros (Director, Centre for European Policy Studies)
  • Hans-Helmut Kotz (Harvard University and former Member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank)
  • Robert McCauley (Bank for International Settlement)

Click here for the video of the keynote speech by Benoît Cœuré.

Click here for part 1 of the video of the keynote speech by Barry Eichengreen.

Click here for part 2 of the video of the keynote speech by Barry Eichengreen.

Click here for the video of the panel discussion.

The event is part of a Jean Monnet Workshop on “Financial globalization and its spillovers - monetary and exchange rate policy in times of crises” in Cologne and Maastricht co-organized with TH Köln, University Duisburg-Essen, and Ruhr-University Bochum. A special edition in the Journal of Banking and Finance will be dedicated to selected papers of the workshop.

Click here for details on the complete workshop including this special event.

The workshop is co-financed by the EU Jean Monnet Programme, the European Centre for Corporate Engagement (ECCE), the Graduate School of Business and Economics (GSBE), and the Universiteitsfonds Limburg (SWOL).