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The Outcomes of the European Convention: Economic, Legal and Political Perspectives

EuropEos, fRDB and assonime joint conference

7 July 2003

Università Bocconi
Via Sarfatti 25, Milan
9:30- 18:30


The purpose of the conference was to discuss the outcomes of the Convention in the perspective of the CIG and of the Italian Presidency of the EU. It drews on the various competences assembled by the "EuropEos" project: economists, lawyers and political scientists. The focus was on the ultimate goals of the Convention, the institutional architecture it envisages and the way in which it deals with the challenges facing the European Union in the years to come.


Among the issues discussed in the first session:

  • What is the Convention proposing about the new European Constitution?

  • Is the allocation of tasks appropriate?

  • Does the institutional architecture provide a proper balance of powers?

  • Does it provides a good mix of accountability, representation of different points of view and efficiency?

  • Can we expect to have a longlasting institutional setup, based on the proposals of the Convention?


Among the issues discussed in the second session:

  • Is the current allocation of tasks in macroeconomic policy between the EU and Member States (centralized monetary policy and decentralized fiscal policy) appropriate or is it in need of reform?

  • How can the single market in goods and services be preserved and completed in a new and enlarged Europe?

  • Are the economic policy prerogatives of the European level of government appropriate to the new challenges of the Single Market?

  • What should and should not be done at the European level to make sure that the Single Market benefits all and not just the strongest groups in society?

  • Is the budgetary process to finance and choose EU spending priorities adequate, or should it be reformed?

The conference has been intensively reviewed by the Italian press. In order to consult the Italian press release, click here