Romanian Embassy Celebrates End of the Pres-idency of the Council of the European Union
Conference Hosted the Future of European Economy and Integration - Challenges and Opportunities marked the end of the presidencyJuly 01st, 2019
The event took place at the Romanian Embassy on the 25th of June, organizers were the Club of Economic & Commercial Diplomats in Berlin (CWHR) and CAPITALS Circle Group (Public Af-fairs/Policy-IR-Strategy-Risk).
The conference on the future of the EU began by highlighting the successes of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, along with the challenges it had to face, among which worth mentioning are the European Parliament elections which occurred last May, a challenge that not many presidencies have had to face. Moreover, the speaker for the Romanian Embassy to Germany illustrated how Romania has delivered both a safer and a more cooperative Europe. Following such remarks, aimed at looking back at the presidency with satisfaction for Romania, the speaker for the Finnish Embassy, Dr. Altii Kaski, illustrated Finland’s plans for the presidency, worth mentioning is the target to reduce carbon emissions by reducing the number of flights of embassy personnel.
Afterwards, due to the economic theme of the evening, various experts illustrated the prospects for the economy of the EU. Among such economic experts were Christopher Gossau, Director European Economic Policy for the Association of German Chambers for Commerce & industry (DIHK Brussels); Dr. Reinhold Rickes, Director of German Savings Banks Association (DSGV); Dr. Thorsten Guthke, Director of European Policy at the Association of Public Banks (VOEB), and Yannis Salavopoulos, the CEO of the organiser of the event - CAPITALS Circle Group. The talks by each of these specialists consisted in explaining economic notions and then presenting the different scenarios for the future of the EU, illustrating which they considered to be more likely. Overall, the scenario that the event seems to portray is one of hope for future European integration vis à vis current challenges.