Greece and the EU: Contrasting Views Towards a Reformed Agenda

Expert workshop on the transformation of the Greek and European political scenes after the Euro crisis.

PERFORMED ACTIVITY
18 December 2015 - 09:00h
LOCATION: CIDOB, sala Jordi Maragall, Elisabets 12,08001 Barcelona
ORGANIZED BY: CIDOB with the support of the Europe for Citizens programme

Objective

The aim of the workshop is to analyse the transformation of the narratives on Europe and Greece as a consequence of the Greek crisis and the reform proposals that have been put forward both in Athens and Brussels. A departing premise of the workshop is that the Greek crisis has led to the transformation of the political discourse on Europe of the main political forces in Greece and the Syriza government, which has also tried to transform the policies and priorities of the Eurozone after the crisis. Similarly, the European Union has a different vision of itself in the aftermath of the Greek crisis and has put forward a series of reforms to reshape the economic and financial foundations of the Eurozone and the Union at large.

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Participants

SPEAKERS

Cinzia Alcidi

Cinzia Alcidi

Head of Economic Policy Unit, Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Jordi Bacaria

Jordi Bacaria

Director, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB)

Filippa Chatzistavrou

Filippa Chatzistavrou

Research Fellow, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)

Carme Colomina

Carme Colomina

Journalist, ARA newspaper

Thanos Dokos

Thanos Dokos

Director, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)

Gabriele Giudice

Gabriele Giudice

Head of Unit, DG ECFIN, European Commission

Dimitrios Katsikas

Dimitrios Katsikas

Head of the Crisis Observatory, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)

Nick Malkoutzis

Nick Malkoutzis

Deputy Editor, Kathimerini

Pol Morillas

Pol Morillas

Research Fellow, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB)

George Pagoulatos

George Pagoulatos

Athens University of Economics and Business and Member of the Board of Directors, (ELIAMEP)

Eleni Panagiotarea

Eleni Panagiotarea

Research Fellow, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)

Effie Pedaliu

Effie Pedaliu

Visiting Fellow, LSE IDEAS

Ernest Urtasun

Ernest Urtasun

Member of the European Parliament, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance

Greece and the EU: Contrasting Views Towards a Reformed Agenda PERFORMED ACTIVITY

09:00h Welcome remarks

Jordi Bacaria, Director, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB)
Thanos Dokos, Director, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)

09:15h Session 1: From Greece to Europe - A new European and foreign policy agenda

The aim of this session will be to explore the European and foreign policy agenda of the Greek government and the major political forces, as well as Greece’s political and economic demands to its European counterparts. Participants will analyse to what extent the demands of the Greek government have influenced the European policies to deal with the crisis and balanced mainstream pro-austerity policies. They will also address the geopolitical dimension of the crisis and Greece’s closer ties with non-Western powers.

Chair:  Nick Malkoutzis, Deputy Editor, Kathimerini
             Thanos Dokos, Director, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)
             Dimitrios Katsikas, Head of the Crisis Observatory, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)
             Effie Pedaliu, Visiting Fellow, LSE IDEAS

10:45h Coffee Break

11:00h Session 2: New alliances to change Europe

The second session will be aimed at exploring the alliances that the Greek government has put forward with mainstream and new political forces in order to achieve the reform agenda explored in the previous session. Participants will discuss the European foreign policy of the Greek government and other political forces, both under a government-to-government perspective and the relations with European institutions and among European political forces, including new left movements in other Southern European states.

Chair: Pol Morillas, Research Fellow, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB)
            George Pagoulatos, Athens University of Economics and Business and Member of the Board of Directors, (ELIAMEP)
            Ernest Urtasun, Member of the European Parliament, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
            Filippa Chatzistavrou, Research Fellow, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)

12:30h Lunch

13:30h Session 3: From Europe to Greece - Forging a new political and economic order in light of the Greek crisis

This session will put forward the view from Brussels with the aim to analyse the political and economic reforms that have been discussed at the European level to deal with the Greek crisis and to overcome the structural inefficiencies of the political and economic governance of the Eurozone and the European Union at large. It will review the initiatives of Member States and the policy proposals of European institutions, both from a political perspective to tackle the democratic legitimacy deficit and an economic one aimed at redesigning the foundations of the Eurozone.

Chair: Carme Colomina, Journalist, ARA newspaper
            Gabriele Giudice, Head of Unit, DG ECFIN, European Commission
            Cinzia Alcidi, Head of Economic Policy Unit, Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
            Eleni Panagiotarea, Research Fellow, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)

15:00h End of the workshop