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Since the election of President Macron in France, an intense debate is taking place over the future governance of the Eurozone, including calls for a Eurozone finance minister, a European Monetary Fund and a Eurozone budget. However, less attention is being paid to the prospects for reforming the Eurozone cornerstone’s institution itself: the European Central Bank (ECB).
Mario Draghi pledged to do “whatever it takes” to preserve the euro, and through its quantitative easing programme, the ECB has played an important role in rescuing the Eurozone economy. But this has come at a cost. The ECB’s monetary policy has attracted heavy criticism from across the political spectrum, with many challenging the ECB’s legitimacy, and questioning its ability to respond to the next crisis.
Early 2018, Positive Money Europe was founded as a new Brussels-based nonprofit organisation whose role is to scrutinize the ECB and offer proposals to improve monetary policy in the Eurozone.
At the occasion of our launch, we are delighted to invite you for this conference. It will feature two keynote speeches by distinguished speakers. Former governor of the Bank of Spain Miguel Angel Fernandez-Ordoñez will outline a fresh perspective on how the monetary system could be made more stable and safe, and Professor Annelise Riles(Cornell University) will provide a critical but constructive perspective on the politics of central banking. Looking forward, we will host a panel debate on the prospects for future ECB reform, featuring MEPs Jonas Fernandez, Molly Scott-Cato, Bruegel’s director Guntram Wolff (tbc) and Boris Kisselevsky, Head of the European Central Bank representation in Brussels.
Afterwards, Positive Money will offer a reception.
Registration is mandatory for the event. Please register by clicking below:
MIGUEL ÁNGEL FERNÁNDEZ ORDÓÑEZ
Former Governor of Banco de España
Miguel Angel Fernandez-Ordoñez graduated from Universidad Complutense of Madrid. He initially lectured in Economic Policy at that University but has dedicated most of his career to the Public Administration, notably as State Secretary for the Economy, State Secretary for Trade, and State Secretary for Tax and Budget Policy, and was appointed as governor of the central bank of Spain from 2006 until 2012. He also worked in the OECD, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and currently he teaches at the IE University in Madrid. His experience as economist and member of the governing council of the European Central Bank during the euro crisis has led him to explore new ideas on how to reform the money and banking system.
Professor of Law and Anthropology, Cornell University
Annelise Riles is the Jack G. Clarke Professor of Law in Far East Legal Studies and Professor of Anthropology at Cornell, and the founder of Meridian 180, a multilingual forum for transformative leadership. Her work focuses on the transnational dimensions of laws, financial markets and culture. Her previous book, Collateral Knowledge: Legal Reasoning in the Global Financial Markets (Chicago Press 2011) was based on 15 years of fieldwork among central bankers, financial lawyers and regulators in Japan and the United States. Her most recent book “Financial Citizenship: Experts, Publics, and the Politics of Central Banking” outlines how a new relationship between central banks and the public can renew the legitimacy of central banks and address the democratic deficit in financial governance.
Member of the European Parliament (Greens-EFA)
Molly Scott-Cato is a British Green politician, economist, environmental and community activist and current Member of the European Parliament since 2014. She studied politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University and later gained a doctorate in economics from Aberystwyth. As MEP, Molly Scott-Cato seats in the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs where she focuses on sustainable finance and the monetary policy and is a member of the TAX3 Committee where she is working on tax evasion and tax avoidance.
Member of the European Parliament (Socialists & Democrats)
Jonás Fernández-Alvarez is a Spanish politician (PSOE) and member of the European Parliament since 2014 where he seats in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. In 2017, he was the rapporteur on the Parliament’s annual resolution on the European Central Bank. Jonás Fernández Álvarez holds an Executive MBA from IESE Business School (2010-12), MA in Economics and Finance from CEMFI-Bank of Spain (2002-04) and was chief economist of the consultancy firm Solchaga Recio & Asociados.
Head of the European Central Bank representation in Brussels
Head of the ECB representation in Brussels since 2017, he previously works at the IMF, the bank of Russia, the Banque de France and the ECB for many years.
Director of Bruegel
Guntram Wolff is the Director of Bruegel. His research focuses on the European economy and governance, on fiscal and monetary policy and global finance. He regularly testifies at the European Finance Ministers’ ECOFIN meeting, the European Parliament, the German Parliament (Bundestag) and the French Parliament (Assemblée Nationale). From 2012-16, he was a member of the French prime minister’s Conseil d’Analyse Economique.
Positive Money’s Executive Director and a Director of the Board of Finance Watch
Fran is Positive Money’s Executive Director and a Director of the Board of Finance Watch. Fran studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge and went on to complete a PhD researching carbon dioxide storage.
Fran became interested in economics and money creation after realising that the huge environmental and inequality crises we face could not easily be fixed without re-thinking how the current economic system works, and how to redesign it. Fran has worked at various global organisations including the United Nations, Greenpeace and BP.
By Fran Boait, Executive director at Positive Money
And Benoit Lallemand, Secretary General of Finance Watch
Why Positive Money Europe?
By Stanislas Jourdan, Head of Positive Money Europe
“Secure Money and Banking Liberalization”
Keynote speech by Miguel Ángel Fernández Ordóñez, former governor of the Bank of Spain
“Financial Citizenship: Experts, Publics, and the Politics of Central Banking”
Keynote speech by Annelise Riles, Professor at Cornell Law School
Panel debate: Does the ECB need reforms?
- Jonas Fernandez – MEP S&D
- Molly Scott-Cato – MEP Greens
- Boris Kisselevsky, Head of the European Central Bank representation in Brussels
- Guntram Wolff – Director of Bruegel (tbc)
- Annelise Riles
Moderation: Fran Boait, Positive Money
Every year the EU parliament organises a huge event called European Youth Event (EYE2018) in Strasbourg. It is a unique opportunity for young Europeans to meet and make their voices hear
Unconditional Basic Income Europe (UBIE) has put together a great delegation to the European Parliament’s European Youth Event this June in Strasbourg. 20 people from 10 different countries are ready to carry our vision to MEPs and 5000 other delegates from all over Europe. They will also participate in a roundtable discussion ‘Basic Income: the Return of Robin Hood?’
We need funding, please help: https://www.gofundme.com/ubie-eye2018
- Distribution of a booklet “UBI proposals for Europe” (if funded).
- proposing meetings with MEPs
1 -2 June
- Participation in EYE2018 activities
- One UBIE speaker at the
“Basic Income: Return of Robin Hood” roundtable
- Internal workshop “Strategies to implement a European Basic Income”, opened to the public
Did you know that robots paying us a basic income could have been possible in 2017?
MEP Mady Delvaux proposed a BI based on robot-tax. Only 14 votes were missing! The idea was to compensate the impact of automation on the European job market.
This is not our only proposal. UBIE is a non-profit organisation that aims at the implementation of the basic income in Europe and beyond. Euro-dividend, European wide basic income for children, Agrarian Basic income our Eco-basic income, the roads for a full basic income are plenty. In Strasbourg, we want to continue the dialogues with decision-makers and make new alliances with youth groups.
20 participants from 10 nationalities
Whether they are students, UBI researchers, UBI advocates or just new members discovering the world of EU advocacy, together they will increase their EU citizenship thanks to participation at this event. We hope they will network with advocates from other causes and bring something new back in their own countries. We also hope they will encourage their national groups to take Europe into account in their strategies for a social and fairer society.
Farewell Seminar Dr Lei Delsen
‘Empirics in Europe of the unconditional basic income (UBI)’
Farewell Seminar “Empirics in Europe of the unconditional basic income (UBI)” of Lei Delsen, Associate Professor of Socio-Economic Policy at the Nijmegen School of Management of the Radboud University.
De vaksectie Economie en Bedrijfseconomie organiseert op vrijdag 22 juni 2018 van 12.30 tot 18.00 uur een afscheidsseminar ter ere van dr. Lei Delsen, die aankomende juni met pensioen gaat. Tijdens het seminar zullen diverse Nederlandse en internationale wetenschappers de resultaten van hun laboratoriumexperimenten, veldexperimenten en onderzoeksanalyses over het onvoorwaardelijk basisinkomen presenteren.
Seminar is in English
- 12.30 – 13.30 Welcome & lunch (Sportcafé)
- 13.30 – 14.30 Plenairy session
– ‘Preferences for UBI in Europe’, dr. Lei Delsen, Radboud Universiteit
– ‘Is UBI feasible in the EU?’, prof. Mark Smith, Grenoble École de Management, Grenoble (Frankrijk)
- 14.45 – 16.15 Presentation of empirical investigations in three parallel sessions:
- Parallel session 1
- ‘A laboratory experiment on the unconditional basic income’, prof. Toshiji Kawagoe, Future University Hakodate, Hakodate (Japan)
- ‘More trust, less regulation – an experiment with social assistance in Nijmegen’, János Betkó, Gemeente Nijmegen
- Parallel session 2
- ‘UBI experiments in the social contract laboratory’, prof. Bernard Neumärker, University of Freiburg, Freiburg (Duitsland)
- ‘Exploring benefits and challenges of implementing citizen’s basic income in Scotland’, prof. Mike Danson, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburg (Verenigd Koninkrijk)
- Parallel session 3
- ‘Effort and fairness under UBI: laboratory experiments’, dr. Lei Delsen, dr. Sascha Füllbrunn en dr. Jana Vyrastekova, Radboud Universiteit
- ‘Routes to participation income in the Dutch welfare state: the Tilburg trust experiment’, prof. Ruud Muffels, Universiteit van Tilburg
- Parallel session 1
- 16.30 – 18.00 Drinks (Sportcafé)
To take part:
Go to: https://www.ru.nl/nsm/vm/farewell-seminar-dr-lei-delsen/?reload=true
until 15 june 2018.
The Farewell seminar takes place on the Radboud Universiteit, Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen at the Elinor Ostrom building, located: Heyendaalseweg 141, 6525 AJ Nijmegen.
Dr. Lei Delsen
The congress theme is “Places for People: Liveable, Inclusive, and Liveable Regions”, ‘but the congress covers all fields in Regional Science. In addition to the general themes, a limited set of Special Sessions will be organized. The Special Sessions address specific and topical themes in Regional Science.
S50 Social and Spatial Inequalities and Basic Income Policies
A basic income (also known as universal basic income) is an income paid unconditionally to every citizen or resident of a country. It is a form of guaranteed minimum income, but distinct from minimum incomes that exist in some countries because it is paid irrespective of income from other sources without a requirement to work. It is often argued that the origins of the idea date back to 18th century and the work of Thomas Paine who advocated the creation of a social insurance scheme for the aged and for young people just starting out in life, which would be paid from a national fund accumulated for this purpose.
In recent years there has been a relatively small but rapidly growing number of academic scholars and social activists (and relevant networks and movements such as the Basic Income Earth Network – see http://basicincome.org ) who have been advocating Basic Income policies and there is currently a lively debate on its feasibility and desirability.
There has also been an implementation of relevant policy initiatives, trials and experiments across the world with recent efforts in Finland and Canada amongst the most notable examples, but also the on-going social assistance experiments conducted by several Dutch municipalities and discussions of a possible adoption of Basic Income in Scotland. Although there has been a considerable number of relevant feasibility studies, there has been very limited analysis of the possible spatial implications of such policies.
This special session will consider the geographical implications of Basic Income policies, including issues pertaining to social justice, labour market supply and demand implications and local and regional multiplier effects.
Convenor(s): Dimitris Ballas: Arjen Edjes
About the congress
Places matter for economic and social development. In an increasingly globalized world, people are looking to local and regional factors to optimize competitive advantage, inclusivity, and well-being. The ERSA congress “Places for People: Innovative, Inclusive and Liveable Regions” puts people back at the heart of regional and urban development to examine how spatial and regional analysis can work to improve people’s lives. The Congress will host a large variety of themes in spatial, regional, and urban economics, economic geography, and regional policy topics like local governance and institutions.
With approximately 800 participants every year from all continents, the ERSA congresses have become the largest academic conferences in regional science worldwide. There is simply no better place to present your research results, network and/or exchange, find out about new developments in the field, and just to meet colleagues and friends.
BASIC INCOME AND THE EURO-DIVIDEND AS SOCIOPOLITICAL
PILLARS OF THE EU AND ITS MEMBER COUNTRIES
Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of Freiburg, Germany October 11-12, 2018
In Europe, the public debate about a universal basic income (UBI) is usually a national one. In
recent years a European version of a UBI has attracted more and more attention – primarily pushed
by the suggestion of Philippe Van Parijs titled a “Euro-Dividend”.
This conference aims to shed light at pros and cons of a EU wide UBI regulation and its relation to
national approaches from an interdisciplinary perspective. Both UBI approaches shall be analysed
and discussed with respect to justice, economic and migration effects, legal aspects, creation of
solidarity in the EU, and political viability. On the first day, the conference will address general
issues about UBI while the schedule of the second day contains EU-related concepts just like the
CALL FOR PAPERS
We invite papers from Philosophy, Sociology, Political Science, Law, and Economics and even
Technical Sciences addressing one or more of the following topics:
- UBI and arguments of freedom, solidarity, social and gender justice
- Changing time allocation and shifting time sovereignty, voluntarism and creativity
- Legal aspects of UBI
- Experiments and microsimulations on UBI’s level and impact
- UBI in the digital age / Robots, AI, Labor, and the Welfare State
- The European Pillar of Social Rights, UBI, and Euro-Dividend: Creating European Solidarity
- Financial feasibility of a UBI and financing concepts of a Euro-Dividend
- EU labour market effects and migration (on international level and within the EU)
Please send title and abstract of about one-page in length by June 11th, 2018, to
email@example.com. Participants will be informed about the acceptance of
their papers by July 2nd.
- Olli Kangas (Kela, Finland)
- Philippe Van Parijs (Université catholique de Louvain)
- Antje Schrupp (freelance journalist)
- Mancolm Torry (London School of Economics)
- Sascha Liebermann (Alanus University, Alfter)
- Bernhard Neumärker (University of Freiburg)
- In cooperation with: Frankreichzentrum, Freiburg
Organized by the Department of Economic Policy and Constitutional Economic Theory we aim to gather relevant leading researchers and thinkers in Europe to discuss an EU wide approach of a basic income.
If you have any questions Max Trommsdorff glad to assist you.
/Max Trommsdorff M. Sc. in Economics and Politics/
/University of Freiburg/
/Department of Economic Policy & Constitutional Economic Theory/
/Room 2303, KG II/