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Politics and International Relations (PIR): Research


Scotland Debates European Union Economic Governance

Thursday 31 May to Friday 1 June

Old College, University of Edinburgh

Supported by:

The European Commission Representation in the UK;

The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of Edinburgh;

The Europa Institute of the University of Edinburgh

Registration is not necessary. Attendance is free.

Contact: Shirley Fraser for further information (

Conference organiser: David Howarth, Jean Monnet Chair,


Conference proceedings can be found (here).

The conference videos can be found here (full playlist)

For the videos of individual panels and some individual pdf / ppt presentations, see the listings below.  


Conference Programme

Thursday, 31 May

Lecture Theatre 175, Old College.

9:00 to 9:30 Coffee available for all in the Lorimer Room

Panel I (9:30 to 12:30) The Slow Death of 'Social Europe'?

(Videos for Introduction, Part 1, Part 2)

Chair: David Howarth, University of Edinburgh

George Menz, Goldsmiths College, University of London, 'Deregulating EU Labour Markets'

Lieve Fransen, EU Commission, Director in DG EMPL, 'Recent Developments in EU Social Policy' (ppt presentation)

Tolga Bolukbasi, Bilkent University, Ankara, 'EU Employment Policy and the Accession and Applicant countries'.

Phillipe Pochet, General Director of the European Trade Union Institute, Brussels, 'The EU's contribution to collective bargaining and building the social partners'

Paul Copeland, University of Manchester (with Mary Daly, Queen's University Belfast), 'Social Policy under Europe 2020: Ungovernable and Ungoverned'


12:30 to 1:30 Lunch.


Panel II (1:30 to 3:30): Is EU Competition policy making Europe more competitive? If so, at what price? (Panel video)

Chair: Robert Lane, University of Edinburgh

Jacquelyn MacLennan, White and Case, Brussels office, 'Recent Developments in EU Competition policy and competitiveness'

Arianna Andreangeli, University of Edinburgh, 'EU Competition Law in times of Crisis.'

Adriaan Dierx (prepared with Fabienne Ilzkovitz), European Commission, DG Competition, 'EU Competition Policy and the liberalisation of EU transport markets'


3:30 to 3:45 Coffee break


Panel III (3:45 to 6:00): Regulation and competitiveness (Panel video)

Chair: Michele Chang, College of Europe

Rodrigo Peduzzi, European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry, Industrial Competitiveness Policy Unit, 'The EU's better regulation agenda and its links with EU industrial policy'

Claudio Radaelli, University of Exeter, 'Where are we today with the Better Regulation Agenda'

Annette Bongardt, Universidade Fernando Pessoa and IEP, Universidade Católica, 'Lisbon, Environmental Policy and Competitiveness'


Friday, 1 June:

Playfair Library, Old College

9:00 to 9:30 Coffee available for all in the Playfair Library

Panel 1 (9:30 to 11:00): Saving Europe from its money men?: Developments in Financial regulation (Panel video)

Chair: Sylvia Maxfield, Simmons School of Management, Boston.

Lucia Quaglia, University of York and David Howarth, University of Edinburgh, 'The EU, Basel III and the Capital Requirements Directive (CRDIV)'

Steve Ryan, European Commission, DG Internal Market and Services, 'Reinforcing EU financial regulation and European financial supervision'

Owen Kelly, Head of Scottish Financial Enterprise, 'Scottish Financial Industry and EU Financial Services Regulation: A Critical Overview'

11:00 to 11:15 Coffee break

Panel II (11:15 to 1:00): The European Central Bank to the Rescue?: Filling the Lacunae of Euro Area Governance (Panel video)

Chair: Iain Hardie, University of Edinburgh

Gabriel Glöckler, EU Institutions Division, European Central Bank, 'The ECB, the sovereign debt crisis and the construction of Economic Governance' (ppt presentation)

Francisco Torres, Universidade Católica, Lisbon, 'The Strategic role of the ECB: independence and accountability in the context of the crises'

1:00 to 1:45 Lunch.

Panel III (1:45 to 3:45) Economic Governance: Leadership, Democratic Control and Austerity (Panel video)

Chair: Amy Verdun, University of Victoria

Michele Chang, College of Europe, 'Who leads Euro Area governance?'

Alyn Smith, Scottish National Party, MEP, Scotland, 'The role of the European Parliament in Euro Area Economic Governance'.

Patrick Leblond, University of Ottawa, 'Fiscal Governance as Austerity' (pdf summary)

Sebastian Royo, Suffolk University, Boston, 'Spain at the Coal-Face of EU-imposed Austerity'

Henrik Enderlein, Hertie School of Government, Berlin, 'Sovereign Defaults in the Euro Area: Can the ECB's conundrum be solved?'

3:45 to 4:00 Coffee break

Panel IV (4:00 to 5:30): Building Fiscal Policy Coordination (Panel video)

Chair: Patrick Leblond, University of Ottawa

Charlotte Rommerskirchen, University of Edinburgh, 'The difficulties of EU fiscal policy coordination' (pdf summary)

Amy Verdun, University of Victoria, 'From the Stability and Growth Pact to the Six Pack' (pdf summary)

Waltraud Schelkle, London School of Economics, 'Towards ever closer fiscal union?' (pdf summary)


Special Talk (5:30 to 6:30): Lessons from the euro crisis for Scotland and the UK (Video)

Bill Jamieson, Scotsman Newspaper, 'Can the central bank of another country function as lender of last resort to an independent Scotland? Lessons from the euro crisis'

Workshop: 'Market Based Banking and the Financial Crisis', Saturday, 2 June.

This is a closed workshop involving some of the above conference participants to discuss their contributions to a forthcoming edited volume with OUP. However, other conference participants can attend (subject to available places).