wiiw Spring Seminar 2014

27  March 2014    9:00 am CET

Sluggish Growth – Investment to the Rescue?


Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Otto Wagner Platz 3, 1090 Vienna Kassensaal


After several disappointing years, economic growth in the countries of Central, East and Southeast Europe (CESEE) may accelerate in the years 2014 to 2016, which would have to build on an upturn in public and private investment. The seminar will address the question of the feasibility of such an investment push and look at some crucial factors that may support or hinder investment activity. We will also present the new short- and medium-term economic forecast of the Vienna Institute for the CESEE region.

Keynote Speech: Prospects for the European Economy
Maria João Rodrigues, Professor at the European Studies Institute, Université Libre de Bruxelles and at the Lisbon University Institute

Economic Situation in CESEE: New Signs of Investment-led Growth
Mario Holzner, wiiw

Transition and Legitimacy Crisis
Vladimir Gligorov, wiiw

EU-Russia Relationship in the Light of Recent Ukrainian Developments
Dmitri Trenin, Director, Moscow Center, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Ukraine, Russia and the European Union: Economic Consequences of the Conflict
Vasily Astrov and Peter Havlik, wiiw

Energy and Infrastructure
Aleksandar Kovacevic, Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies