The German Federal Ministry of Finance and the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) are hosting a conference on "Fiscal Policy Challenges in Europe" organised by Sebastian Hauptmeier (ZEW), Friedrich Heinemann (ZEW and AEI), Christian Kastrop (German Federal Ministry of Finance) and Ludger Schuknecht (European Central Bank).The conference will cover theoretical, empirical and institutional issues under the following headings:

  • Quality of public finances, fiscal reform and the Lisbon objectives
  • Public sector efficiency and performance

The conference will feature talks by the German Finance Minister, Peer Steinbrück, the European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, Joaquín Almunia, the Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, Jürgen Stark, as well as the State Secretary in the German Federal Ministry of Finance, Thomas Mirow. Academic keynote speeches will be provided by Roberto Perotti, Director of the Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research at Bocconi University, and Vito Tanzi, consultant to the Interamerican Development Bank, former Italian Undersecretary of State for Economy and Finance and former Director of Fiscal Affairs Department at the International Monetary Fund.


  • Sebastian Hauptmeier (ZEW)
  • Friedrich Heinemann (ZEW und AEI)
  • Christian Kastrop (FMF)
  • Ludger Schuknecht (ECB)


Programme and Papers (as PDF file, 35 KB)

Please use the online registration. Due to large demand and space limitations, we ask for your understanding that your registration only becomes valid after confirmation from our side. Registration for the conference will only be possible until 1 March 2007.


22.03.2007 - 23.03.2007

Event Location

Bundesministerium der Finanzen, Wilhelmstraße 97, 10117 Berlin