Approximately 100 days before €-day, Eesti Pank and the Ministry of Finance, in collaboration with the European Commission and the European Central Bank, organised an international euro conference. The conference was held in the Estonia Concert Hall on 20 September.
The conference looked at the future of Europe from the point of view of the expansion of the euro area.
The aim was to deliver fruitful discussions, to involve successfully the high-level guests participating in the conference, and to be of great interest to the nearly 500 people attending the event.
The conference consisted of two sessions. The first part was official speeches, with the opening address by Andrus Ansip, Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia, and keynote speeches by Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank, and Olli Rehn, Commissioner of Economic and Monetary Affairs. The second session was a panel discussion, where Erkki Liikanen, Governor of Suomen Pankki, Marek Belka, Governor of Narodowy Bank Polski, Anne-Marie Gulde-Wolf, Senior Advisor to the European Department at the International Monetary Fund, and Jürgen Ligi, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Estonia, discussed political and practical aspects of the euro area enlargement from the perspective of the future. The discussion was chaired by Peter Mooslechner, Director of the Economic Analysis and Research Department of Oesterreichische Nationalbank. The official part of the conference was concluded by Andres Lipstok, Governor of Eesti Pank. The conference was chaired by Märten Ross, Deputy Governor of Eesti Pank.
Opening address: Andrus Ansip, Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia (.pdf)
Closing address: Andres Lipstok, Governor of Eesti Pank (.pdf)