Conference on European Economic Integration (CEEI) - Recalibrating tomorrow’s global value chains – prospects for CESEE

November 22 - November 23, 2021 at 13:00-17:30 Vienna time (CEST) 

Hybrid live and online conference on WebEx and at the OeNB premises:
Oesterreichische Nationalbank
Otto-Wagner-Platz 3, 1090 Vienna, Austria

Join us on November 22 and 23 for the CEEI 2021, which will be hosted as a hybrid event this year. The OeNB, in cooperation with the EIB, will bring together senior global decision makers and high-ranking representatives from central banks, international organizations, industry and academia for two afternoons of insightful presentations and thought-provoking discussions.

Over the past three decades, the world economy was transformed by global value chains (GVCs), which proved an engine of economic growth and development. Deep integration into GVCs also benefited Central, Eastern and Southeastern European (CESEE) economies. In recent years, the pace of GVC integration seems to have lost some steam, however. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been yet another wake-up call highlighting the risks and benefits of increasing interconnectedness. Putting the spotlight on the CESEE region, the CEEI 2021 sets out to explore the following questions:

  • In times of crisis, does deep GVC integration amplify, or mitigate, swings in economic activity?
  • What should policymakers and businesses do to achieve and sustain a recovery and make GVCs more resilient?
  • What can we expect from structural shifts, such as the digital transformation of economies and the greening of production?
  • Is the skill base in the CESEE region still a supportive factor for GVC integration?
  • Do CESEE countries face a functional specialization trap due to their positioning within GVCs? And can structural shifts in specific industries, such as automotive, change these specialization patterns and spark new investment?

To participate in the event please contact the event management.


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