2023 Future of Europe Conference Panels Description:

The new challenges of the European Union's governance
In the current complex context, dominated by intensified pressures on the economic and on the social environment, the governance in the EU is facing a double challenge: internal and external. Internal provocation come from the economic stagnation in many European countries and the efforts the EU has to put in order to restore the trust into the European construction. How to govern in order to achieve economic growth & stability and equal opportunities among its citizens is a critical question.
At the external level, the EU face tremendous challenges. The growing instability in the international environment is today more complex than anytime: growing threat to global peace, increasing vulnerability in emerging countries, refugee issues, energy crisis are only few of these conflict spots that require a stronger governance in the EU.
Papers which address these issues or other related issues are more than welcome to this panel. Inside EU views ans outside EU views will be an additional contribution to the quality of the discussion that are expected to emerge in this panel.

Business across the Europe
The single market of the European Union has created a dynamic business environment in which companies can grow and extend their operations across different European countries. We invite researchers to explore issues related to management, marketing, business strategy, supply chain management, business negotiation, accounting, corporate finance and corporate governance and to attempt focusing on the impact of the European business and legal environment on organizational development. A particular topic of interest would be encouraging entrepreneurship in less developed regions of the European Union. Modern technologies support the development of innovative manufacturing processes and E-commerce, in the context of creative economy. From moral hazard to government bailouts, we are convinced that economics has a lot of free knowledge to offer to decision makers in public and private entities. Theoretical models as well as case studies are welcome. 

Addressing Corporate Social Responsibility and Risk Management in Europe
In an increasing less predictable business and social environment at global and EU levels, the quest for responsibility and risk mitigation is becoming both a prerequisite and a consequence of business success. Companies in Europe - regardless of their size and type - should comply with sometimes conflicting economic, social, environmental, and corporate governance criteria in order to achieve and maintain competitiveness on the market. At this point in the corporate evolution and strategic making, companies in Europe are deeply connected with their various stakeholders and operating settings, trying to cope with the challenges posed by the two couples of factors that fundamentally changed the way business is done: globalization-integration and innovation-technology. Based on these general considerations, both theoretical and empirical papers are welcomed on issues mainly addressing (but not limited to): CSR in Europe, corporate accountability, stakeholders management, sustainability concerns, business ethic, ESG risk management, ESG disclosure and regulation, SRI – socially responsible investing, social banking, corporate governance etc.

Finance and banking in the European Union
The financial and macroeconomic turmoil in the last years increased the need for closer cooperation between policy makers and academics in order to rethink the fundamental relations that characterize the connections between the financial markets and the real economy. The current conditions of reduced interest rates, significant technological and geopolitical shifts challenge the traditional development of the banking industry and threatens the resilience of the non-banking financial markets. New regulatory principles under the framework of macro-prudential rules have been brought forward and the academic profession has been called upon to develop early warning indicators, to extend instruments for the implementation of Europe-wide stress tests and to challenge the financial modeling techniques. In search for answers to those issues and for new relevant questions, we invite researchers to present their work in fields like financial econometrics, asset pricing, risk management, macroeconomic modeling and other.

Survival of the European Union
The developments in recent history have been putting into question to a certain extent the whole EU project. Firstly, the Greek crisis has shown the weaknesses of the Euro system, the icon item in the European menu. Structural deficiencies of the Euro system, which in fact permitted a somewhat customized monetary expansion (with a perverse situation of Euro area widespread costs, but locally concentrated temporary benefits) in various regions of Europe, thus engendering a pernicious competition in debt and inflation, have surfaced. The very existence of the common currency has been put into question. Secondly, the immigration crisis has also put an important burden on the unity of the EU members, as visions on the acceptance of immigrants on their national territories vary significantly across the EU member states. Last, but not least, the recent Brexit event has raised a whole new range of questions, and opened a whole new set of possible perspectives, unthinkable a few months or years ago. Will the EU survive? Will other countries, following UK, put into question the opportunity of their being EU members? Will the Greek crisis sink into oblivion (expensive though such oblivion might be)? Will stronger integration (maybe a common fiscal policy) become a true option on the table? What will be the impact of all those recent developments on the European construction? All such questions and related ones are welcome for discussion under the present panel.

Social issues and challenges for the European Unions' members & institutions
After multiple crisis, European Union faces now many social problems such as: migration, poverty, social inequalities, demography, migration etc. The future of Europe cannot be imagined without addressing them with much responsability. The social dimension is very important for the long term political and economical stability of this very ambitious project. The success of this endevour depends on the smart solutions & public policies that we can find for solving these major social problems and challenges. Economics & politics cannot be decoupled from the social perspective on the society.