A new growth model for EU-CEE

29  November 2021    3:00 pm CET

Avoiding a trap and embracing the megatrends


Online zoom event. Please register using the link below.


The economic catching-up process of many EU-CEE countries has slowed down since 2007 and their current growth model could soon reach its limits. In particular, their strong specialisation in low value-added production could be evidence of a development trap. Moreover, the countries face fundamental demographic, environmental and technological challenges. 

Against this background, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) Warsaw  and wiiw will present the study A New Growth Model in EU-CEE. Avoiding the Specialisation Trap and Embracing Megatrends’. After the presentation, experts will discuss the following questions:

  • Do functional specialisation patterns indicate that the EU-CEE growth model is hitting the limits?

  • What are the policy priorities to avoid being stuck in a development ‘trap’?

  • Can industrial policy be designed in a way that is appropriate for EU-CEE institutions?

  • How well prepared is EU-CEE for the green transition?


Ernst Hillebrand is Director of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung's office in Warsaw. He has previously headed up the foundation's International Political Analysis department, the Unit for Central and Eastern Europe, as well as leading FES offices in Paris, London and Rome.

Richard Grieveson is Deputy Director at the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) and Research Associate at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. He specialises in the economies of Central, East and Southeast Europe.

Debora Revoltella is Director of the Economics Department of the European Investment Bank (EIB). Since her arrival at the EIB in 2011, she has designed and led the work for flagship publications such as the EIB Investment Report, a series of policy working papers and other regional specific research.

Maruska Vizek is Assistant Director and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Economics (EIZ) in Zagreb. From 2016 to 2020 she was EIZ director. Her research is focused on applied macroeconomics, international finances and international economics.

Jan Hagemejer is the Vice President of the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE) and Associate Professor at the University of Warsaw. Prior to joining CASE, he was affiliated with the National Bank of Poland where he headed the Division for Structural Analysis. Jan Hagemejer’s research focuses inter alia on international trade, trade policy, global value chains, firm performance and productivity.

Michael Landesmann (Chair) is Senior Research Associate at wiiw and Professor of Economics at the Johannes Kepler University Linz. He was Scientific Director of wiiw from 1996 to 2016. His research focuses on East–West economic integration, structural change, economic growth, general topics in international economic relations, globalisation and labour markets and migration.


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The presentation will be held in English.
Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions.