The financial sector: At the service of the real economy?

EGMONT − Royal Institute for International Relations and the Gutt Foundation organise a conference on The financial sector: At the service of the real economy?

The conference will take place on Wednesday 13 November from 17.30 to 19.15 in the Auditorium of BNP Paribas Fortis, Rue Royale/Koningsstraat 20, 1000 Brussels.

As the present crisis has shown us, the financial sector can impact economic growth and public finances in profoundly negative ways. This leads to wonder: under which conditions can the financial sector have a positive effect on the real economy? This issue will be at the heart of the event.

The conference will be chaired by Etienne Davignon, President of the Egmont Institute.


  • Speakers:
    • Michel Barnier, European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services
    • Eric De Keuleneer, Professor at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management: Presentation of policy paper on financial sector reform
    • Koen Geens, Federal Minister of Finance, Belgium
    • Charles Goodhart, Director of the Financial Regulation Research Programme, London School of Economics
  • Question and answer session
  • Concluding remarks by Michel Vanden Abeele, President of the Gutt Foundation

The conference will be followed by a reception, offered by the Gutt Foundation.

Please note that there are a limited number of available seats. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.


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