What should be the economic priorities for the next Commission and European Parliament?

Publishing date
15 April 2024
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Over the next few months, Bruegel will try to answer that question. In June, after the European elections, we will publish our Memo to the President of the New Commission. In early September, this will be followed by our Memos to the New Commission: a compilation of about 18 short pieces describing all policy areas that touch on economic prosperity in the European Union, and how we believe the Commission should address them.

Until then, however, it is us that will be asking the questions. Today, we are kickstarting the election season by teaming up with the Financial Times to host a debate among major EU-level political parties. Andy Bounds, FT Brussels economics correspondent and I will moderate. The debate will take place in Brussels and will be livestreamed.

We will be asking parties about their ideas for safeguarding and increasing prosperity for the citizens of the EU in the face of many challenges. What can the next Commission and Parliament realistically do to boost the EU's disappointing growth performance when most economic policy levers continue to reside at member-state level? Should the EU continue to live by the rules of international trade and the internal market that limit member state subsidies, even when China, and increasingly the US, appear happy to break those rules? How can the next Commission and Parliament reduce external risks to economic security while maintaining the benefits of trade? What more should it do to ‘de-risk’ its relations with China and prepare for what a second Trump presidency might bring? And how can it ensure that EU green deal objectives are met without harming businesses and vulnerable groups?

EU citizens should cast their ballots in part on the ability of EU parties to give convincing answers. We hope you will all join us!

Attend the debate in-person or watch the livestream by clicking this link: ‘Visions for Europe: Economic expert debate for the 2024 EU elections’.

The debate takes place from 17:00-19:00 in Sparks Meeting, Rue Ravenstein, Brussels 1000.

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About the authors

  • Jeromin Zettelmeyer

    Jeromin Zettelmeyer has been Director of Bruegel since September 2022. Born in Madrid in 1964, Jeromin was previously a Deputy Director of the Strategy and Policy Review Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Prior to that, he was Dennis Weatherstone Senior Fellow (2019) and Senior Fellow (2016-19) at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, Director-General for Economic Policy at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (2014-16); Director of Research and Deputy Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (2008-2014), and an IMF staff member, where he worked in the Research, Western Hemisphere, and European II Departments (1994-2008).

    Jeromin holds a Ph.D. in economics from MIT (1995) and an economics degree from the University of Bonn (1990). He is a Research Fellow in the International Macroeconomics Programme of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), and a member of the CEPR’s Research and Policy Network on European economic architecture, which he helped found. He is also a member of CESIfo. He has published widely on topics including financial crises, sovereign debt, economic growth, transition to market, and Europe’s monetary union. His recent research interests include EMU economic architecture, sovereign debt, debt and climate, and the return of economic nationalism in advanced and emerging market countries.    

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