Alle Mitglieder unseres Clubs sind herzlich eingeladen an folgender Veranstaltung teilzunehmen:

Eastern European Conference

8 June 2017

The main topic of the conference is:

The challenges for Eastern Europe in the present turmoil in the EU and EMU: persevering in the reforms and investing for the future”

The conference will be preceded by a welcome dinner on the 7th of June (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm), hosted by the National Bank of Romania.

Venue of the welcome dinner: NBR Training and Social Events Facility Center (Str. Dr Nicolae D. Staicovici, Nr. 42, Sector 5 – Bucharest)

 Venue of the Conference on the 8th of June: National Bank of Romania – Mitita Constantinescu Conference Room (8 Doamnei Street, 030031 Bucharest)

The conference will be held in English with simultaneous interpretation in French (if needed) and Romanian.

Chairman of the conference: Dr. Wim Boonstra, ELEC Monetary Commission, Chief Economist of Rabobank, Netherlands

09:00: Opening Session

  • Radu Deac, President of ELEC Romania: Opening address
  • Mugur Isărescu, Governor of the National Bank of Romania: Welcoming address


9:30 -11:00: First Panel: Could reforms in Eastern European Member States and in the EMU converge to pave the way for their accession to the euro?

  • Wim Boonstra, Chairman, ELEC Monetary Commission, Chief Economist of Rabobank, Netherlands
  • Anton Jevcak, Economist, European Commission, DG-ECOFIN – Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, Policy Mix, ERM II and Euro adoption
  • György Szapary, Former Deputy Governor, now Chief  Adviser to the Governor, Hungarian National Bank and  also former IMF representative in Budapest
  • Vasile Puşcaş, former Ambassador to the EU, Chief Negotiator for Romania’s EU accession in 2007, now member of the board of Banca Transilvania SA


11:00 – 11:30: Coffee Break

11 :30  – 13:00: Key-note speech & Second Panel:
Key-note speech:

  • Wilhelm Molterer, Managing Director EFSI, former Vice-Chancellor of Austria:  How can the European Fund for Strategic Investments (Juncker Plan) overcome the gloom in the European Union? What opportunities does it bring to the Eastern European Member States?

Second Panel: Strategy for economic growth and job creation: the role of new financial instruments 2014-2020 under the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF): are the Eastern European Member States making good use of the financing opportunities to enhance their resilience?

  • Sophia Kassidova, Vice President, ELEC Bulgaria, Former Deputy Minister of Economy and former Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications
  • Mirela Iovu, founding member and Secretary General of ELEC Romania, VP of CEC Bank SA
  • Robert Rekkers​, CEO of Agricover IFN, a member of ELEC Romania


13:00  – 14:00  Walking Lunch

14:00 – 15:30: Third Panel: Capital markets and private pension funds in Eastern European Member States: how can we put local retail savings at work, improve the functioning of local financial markets and make fixed income markets more attractive to retail investors?

  • Filip Keereman, European Commission, Head of Unit “National financial systems” in DG-FISMA – Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union
  • Vassil Karaivanov, Secretary General, ELEC Bulgaria, Professor at the University of Sofia
  • Sergiu Oprescu, founding & board member of ELEC Romania, CEO of Alpha Bank Romania SA, President of the Romanian Bankers Association



15:30 – 15: 45: Coffee Break

15:45 – 17.00: Final Panel:  Possible initiatives/contributions of the Bulgarian/Austrian and Romanian EU Presidencies to the current economic, migration and security challenges faced by the EU. How should Bulgarian-Romanian cooperation work in a broader regional cooperation context?

  • Franz Nauschnigg, Secretary General of ELEC Austria, Counsel to the Board, National Bank of Austria
  • Mr Branimir Botev, Executive Director of the European Institute for Strategy and Analyses, Sofia (tbc)
  • Petrisor Peiu, Director for Economic Studies, FUMN (Black Sea University Foundation), former advisor to PM, former Undersecretary for Economics

17:00 Conclusions : Baron Bernard Snoy, President of ELEC International

19.30 – 22.30: Relaxing dinner at Restaurant Isoletta (subject to subsequent confirmation due to limited seats)