Recent Events

Pierre Moscovici, EU commissioner for economic and financial affairs, taxation, and customs, visited the Atlantic Council on October 6 as part of the “Stronger With Allies: The Future of Europe After Brexit” conference cohosted by the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative and the Global Business & Economics Program, and the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
On July 21, the Atlantic Council’s EuroGrowth Initiative hosted a panel of experts to discuss how to bring Europe’s economy back to sustained growth. Andrea Montanino, director of the Atlantic Council’s Global Business & Economics Program, was joined by Gordon Bajnai, former prime minster of Hungary; Stuart Eizenstat, former US ambassador to the European Union (EU) and former deputy secretary of the US Treasury; Jay Shambaugh, member of the Council of Economic Advisers at the White House; and Paul Sheard, chief economist at S&P Global. The conversation focused on a broad range of macroeconomic, microeconomic, and structural reforms. The main takeaways:
On July 18, Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commission vice president for the euro and social dialogue, visited the Atlantic Council to discuss the state of European financial markets after the British referendum. Following the resignation of British Commissioner Lord Jonathan Hill, Mr. Dombrovskis took over the financial stability, financial services, and capital union portfolio. In his first appearance in his double capacity, Mr. Dombrovskis stressed the need to ensure financial stability after the uncertainty caused by Brexit as well as the need to continue deepening Europe’s capital markets and Banking Union.
On June 29, European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström addressed the prospects of TTIP, with emphasis on the impacts of the June 23 Brexit vote. Following her remarks, she participated in a panel discussion with Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO and Laura Lane, president of global public affairs at UPS. The panel was moderated by Joe Schatz, editor of POLITICO Pro’s Europe brief. Before the public discussion, Malmström attended a private lunch with public and private sector leaders from the US and Europe.
European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labor Mobility Marianne Thyssen
On May 12, Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills, and Labor Mobility, joined the Atlantic Council for a private breakfast roundtable conversation. Ms. Thyssen addressed the challenges that the European Union is currently facing with regards to unemployment and outdated skills of workers in the aftermath of the financial crisis. 
Andrea Montanino, Director of the Global Business & Economics Program discusses the findings of Professor Nauro Campos.
On May 17, the Atlantic Council Global Business & Economics Program hosted Professor Nauro Campos for an exclusive breakfast conversation with members from the private and public sector as well as International organizations. Mr. Campos, a cutting-edge researcher on Brexit who teaches economics and finance at Brunel University in London, discussed how EU membership has affected UK economic performance in the past and what detrimental economic consequences a Brexit could have for the United Kingdom.
The Atlantic Council's boardroom was at capacity for the off-the-record conversation with Italian Justice Minister Andrea Orlando
On April 22, the Atlantic Council hosted the Minister of Justice of Italy, Andrea Orlando, at a private breakfast with key stakeholders from the private and public sectors of the transatlantic community.  Minister Orlando discussed the structural reforms going on within the Italian Justice system, particularly those that are affecting the international investment climate and those aimed at fighting corruption.
On the evening of April 15, the Atlantic Council co-hosted a private dinner with the Ambassador of Portugal to the United States, H. E. Domingos Fezas Vital, at his private residence. The guest of honor was Mário Centeno, Minister of Finance of Portugal. He addressed a small group of participants about the recent developments regarding the European Economic and Monetary Union and the Portuguese financial system. Mr. Centeno also outlined Portugal’s plans for attracting foreign investments.
Global Business & Economics Program Director at the Atlantic Council, Andrea Montanino, sits next to the Governor of the Central Bank of Italy, Iganzio Visco, as he answers questions at a private breakfast to discuss the structural changes occurring in the Italian banking sector.
On April 14, the Governor of the Bank of Italy, Ignazio Visco, joined the Atlantic Council for a private breakfast roundtable conversation. Governor Visco addressed the challenges facing the Italian banking system following the introduction of the Single Supervisory Mechanism and the new bail-in rules in the Eurozone, as well as the recovery of the Italian economy from the great recession. Mr. Visco also addressed plans by the Italian government and the private sector to create a fund to help ailing lenders struggling with non-performing loans.
Head of the IMF Mission to Turkey, Antonio Spilimbergo, presents the findings from a new study conducted by the International Monetary Fund about the true economic effects of the refugee surge on European economies
On April 5, the Atlantic Council hosted Antonio Spilimbergo, Head of the International Monetary Fund Mission to Turkey, who highlighted the long-term positive effect of refugees’ integration in European labor markets through the findings of the new IMF study called The Refugee Surge in Europe: Economic Challenges. A discussion panel after Laura Lane, President of Global Public Affairs at UPS and Moreno Bertoldi, Principal Advisor to the EU Delegation to the United States, and was moderated by Katerina Sokou, Washington Correspondent for Kathimerini Daily