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Event Review: COVID-19: From Lockdown to Recovery

27 October 2020, 10:00 am - 05:30 pm

The global coronavirus pandemic has had devastating economic, social and global health consequences, leaving hundreds of thousands dead, millions unemployed and countless others suffering from the various side effects. Governments around the world went into crisis mode, closing borders, enforcing lockdowns and shuttering economic activity. As the timeline for the pandemic remains fluid and uncertain, many questions remain: How much longer can the economy stand the partial shutdown? What policy measures are needed to put the EU on a road to recovery? How will the crisis impact the youth? The response to the economic damage this crisis has inflicted on the Union must be joint and swift – the future of the EU depends on it.

Keynote speech: Economic recovery in the age of COVID-19

Robert Skidelsky, Emeritus Professor of Political Economy, University of Warwick

Watch online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxvVBRDhV78

Session I: The economic response to COVID-19 in the EU

Paolo Gentiloni, Commissioner for the Economy
Natacha Valla, Dean of the Sciences Po School of Management and Innovation
Jörg Kukies, State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Germany
Cinzia Alcidi, Director ad Interim, CEPS (moderator)

Watch online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RngR4c1dlc

Session II: Recovery as an opportunity for revision: Preventing a lost generation

Debora Revoltella, Director of the Economics Department, European Investment Bank
Sue Maguire, Honorary Professor, University of Bath
Robert Pollin, Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), University of Massachusetts Amherst
Matilda Gettins, Fridays for Future Munich
Ekaterina Sprenger, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Intereconomics (moderator)

Watch online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBaEJUoWRbQ

Session III: Post-COVID: A return to normal?

Barry Eichengreen, Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley
Daniel Gros, Director, CEPS
Jiffer Bourguignon, Editor, Intereconomics (moderator)

Watch online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pMmKcSKYak