Center for European Studies

2nd (online) CefES International Workshop




      • University of Milano-Bicocca - Dipartimento di Economia, Metodi Quantitativi e Strategie d'Impresa
      • Center for European Studies CefES-DEMS
        Jean Monnet Module Supranational Integration and National Identities
      • Joint Research Centre European Commission
      • The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis RCEA-Europe


#CefES2ndWorkshop2021: 2nd International Workshop
Date & Location

Date: Tuesday, 16 November 2021

Location: Online through ZOOM from the University of Milano-Bicocca


Please register in advance for this webinar:

Two key events marked 2020: The European Union lost one of its Member States, the United Kingdom; the international community faced the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing economic crisis. Developments due to the worldwide vaccination campaign, the policies enacted to foster the economic recovery and the most recent 2021 Afghan crisis urge reflections on the future of a Union at twenty-seven Members.
Recalled events may represent a step-change in European history. A prompt reaction of EU institutions in these fields could transform the Union into a powerful political entity. As a matter of fact, until now, only the pandemic recession triggered such a reaction. The European Commission issued joint debt to fund the “Next Generation EU”, a strategic pillar of the wider economic Recovery Program and a first step towards implementing its Green Deal Strategy. Related financial resources have been redistributed across the Member States according to the depth of the pandemic recession at the national level. In this light, the pandemic turns out to be both a challenge and an opportunity for long-due structural reforms in Europe. Firstly, about rethinking the rules governing the EU’s institutions and its monetary and fiscal policy. Secondly, the political response needed to face the climate challenge and the transition to a carbon-free economy (as foreseen in the “Green Deal”). Only time will tell whether these challenges represent a European “Hamilton momentum” in the light of the United States’ constitutional origins, i.e., the long-awaited trigger to build the European Federal Republic.
The workshop, then, aims to kick off a new round of discussions on these most critical issues, yielding insights on the future of Europe beyond the current distress.

Opening remarks - 9:20 am - 9:30 am (CET)

ZOOM link:

Claudio Morana (CefES-University of Milano-Bicocca, RCEA-Europe, RCEA, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies–Harvard University)
Claudio Martinelli (CefES - Jean Monnet Module - University of Milano-Bicocca)

Morning Session - 9:30 am - 12:30 am (CET)

"Legal and Political Reflections on the Hamilton Momentum and the Future of European Integration"

ZOOM link:

Wojciech Brzozowski (University of Warsaw)

Monica Bonini (CefES - University of Milano-Bicocca), «Hamilton Momentum»: Lessons from the Past for the European Union of the Future
Sergio Fabbrini (LUISS Guido Carli), Hamilton in Brussels: The post-pandemic EU

Otto Pfersmann (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales), The Process of European Integration and the Protection of its Fundamental Values, in the Light of NGEU
Paivi Leino-Sandberg (University of Helsinki), Next Generation EU and its Constitutional Ramifications

Afternoon Session - 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm (CET)

"Reforming the Stability and Growth Pact and the Future of European Integration"
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Patrizio Tirelli (CefES - University of Pavia)
Nuno Cassola (CefES - University of Lisbon)

Catherine DeVries (Bocconi University), The Tricky Politics Reforming the European Economy
Francesco Papadia (Bruegel Institute), The Future of European Integration: Challenges for Monetary Policy
Daniel Gros (Center for European Policy Studies), The News of the Death of the Stability Pact might be Premature
Paul De Grauwe (London School of Economics and Political Science), On Reforming the Stability and Growth Pact
Marco Buti (European Commission), Fiscal Policies in the Post-Pandemic Era: From Horizontal to Vertical Coordination