The 15th Anniversary of the 2004 EU Enlargement: Looking Back, Looking Forward

08  April 2019    9:00 am CEST

In cooperation with European Commission Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN) and European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC).


Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB), Otto-Wagner-Platz 3, 1090 Vienna, Austria and Sheraton Hotel, Pribinova 12, 811 09 Bratislava, Slovakia


This two-day conference will take place on:

  • Monday, 8 April 2019 at the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB) 
    Otto-Wagner-Platz 3, 1090 Vienna, Austria
  • Tuesday, 9 April 2019 at the Sheraton Hotel
    Pribinova 12, 811 09 Bratislava, Slovakia

EU Member States from the Baltics, Central and South Eastern Europe have enjoyed many benefits of EU membership, including steady economic convergence. As policy makers are seeking ways to close the remaining convergence gap, new challenges and opportunities arise.

This conference will examine the channels through which EU membership has shaped and helped economic convergence in the region, and the ways in which the positive impact of the EU in this regard can be further enhanced. The sessions will discuss past, present and future developments in important areas such as trade, investment, reform processes, finance, demography and the social dimension.

Confirmed speakers include, among many:

  • Teresa Czerwińska, Minister of Finance, Poland
  • Hartwig Löger, Minister of Finance, Austria
  • Mugur Isarescu, Governor, Romanian Central Bank
  • Ewald Nowotny, Governor, Austrian National Bank
  • Boris Vujcic, Governor, Croatian Central Bank
  • Adam Farkas, Executive Director, European Banking Authority

We would be grateful if you could confirm your participation no later than 31 March 2019, using this registration link. For more information, please follow the conference website and contact us via the dedicated mailbox:

István P. Székely, Principal Advisor, DG ECFIN
Lúcio Vinhas de Souza, Head Economics Team, EPSC
Robert Stehrer, Scientific Director, WIIW