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The ECB - Europe’s unelected government
Brussels, Belgium
14 January 2016

The ECB - Europe’s unelected government

Thursday, 14 January 2016 9.00-12.30 & 14.30-18.00 Follow this event on live stream Room ASP 1G2

09:00-09.15 Welcome
- Gabi Zimmer, President of the GUE/NGL group
- Matt Carthy, ECON member of GUE/NGL, Sinn Féin

The emergence of new “unconventional” policy measures and alternatives
- MEP Fabio De Masi, GUE/NGL
- Norbert Häring, economist and journalist (currently Handelblatt), initiator and member of shadow ECB council, co-founder and co-director of the World Economics Association, recipient of the Keynes Prize for Economic Writing 2014 of the Keynes Gesellschaft.
- Harald Schumann, investigative journalist (Tagesspiegel), author of the documentaries “Staatsgeheimnis Bankenrettung” and “Troika - macht ohne Kontrolle”, concerning the European bank bail-outs and Troika interventions, respectively

ECB involvement in crisis management in different countries
- MEP Dimitris Papadimoulis, GUE/NGL
- Pearse Doherty, Sinn Féin TD and party spokesperson on finance, member of the Irish Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis
- Marika Fragaki, Economist and member of the SYRIZA Political Secretariat; in charge of the economic policy department
- Eric Toussaint, Spokesperson for the CADTM, Scientific coordinator of the Truth Committee on Greek Public Debt

12:30-14:30 Lunch break

Institutional alternatives - Thinking of a democratic and accountable central bank
- MEP Paloma Lopez, GUE/NGL
- Johannes Priesemann - Trade unionist at IPSO, the only recognized union at the ECB. IPSO’s immediate goals are improved corporate governance, fair and balanced labour relations, and the application of democratic principles and standards of law.
- Emilios Avgouleas, Professor in International Banking Law and Finance Chair at the University of Edinburgh; acknowledged expert on financial market regulation, banking law and finance, and global economic governance
- Connor McCabe, Irish political economist and lecturer in University City Dublin, author of the book, ’Sins of the Father’, regular contributor to the economic debate in Ireland through his articles and posts in Irish left Journal Review, Social Justice Review and elsewhere.

Policy alternatives - Progressive alternatives to current economic policies
- MEP Miguel Urban, GUE/NGL
- Andreas Nölke, Professor of International Relations and International Political Economy, at the Goethe University Frankfurt/Main.
- Carlos Carvalhas, Economist, Member of PCP’s Committee for Economic Activities, Ex-Director of the magazine “Economia Política”, PCP’s General Secretary from 1992 to 2004

17:30- 18:00
- Closing remarks
- MEP Fabio De Masi, GUE/NGL
- MEPJoão Ferreira, GUE/NGL