13th Annual Conference Government Meets the Business , 29 January, Sofia Hotel Balkan
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The event

The annual Government Meets the Business conference traditionally follows the pulse of the important processes in Europe and Bulgaria and presents the priorities of the government for the forthcoming year.

In January 2019, the forum will be dedicated to Bulgaria's Path to the Eurozone, its effects on the economy. The government's decision to take this step is historic and among the most positive news about the Bulgarian business environment in recent years. Bulgaria's entry into the monetary union will have serious political consequences and will place our country in the innermost circle of the European Union.

The conference program will present the important reforms and commitments that the government should make to ensure Bulgaria's admission to ERM2 and its subsequent integration into the monetary Union, as well as the specific steps to prepare businesses for a smooth transition.

Participants will hear specific deadlines and will be able to ask questions to decision-makers as well as analysts who have deep insights about the experience of other European countries.

Event participants will receive a report with specific data and analysis on the effects for the economy and business: prices, assets, consumption trends, labor market, the experience of Slovakia and the Baltic States, created by the Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels.

When and where: January 29, 2019, Sofia Hotel Balkan
Deadline for registration: January 25, 2019
Registration Fee: 704 BGN VAT incl.

Working languages for the conference are Bulgarian and English. Simultaneous translation will be provided for the full duration of the event. 


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Speakers

  • Valdis Dombrovskis

    Valdis Dombrovskis European Commission Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, also in charge of Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union

  • Boyko Borissov

    Boyko Borissov Prime Minister of Bulgaria

  • Vladislav Goranov

    Vladislav Goranov Ministry of Finance

    From 1998 to 2001 he was a Specialist at Extra-budgetary Accounts and Funds Division; an Expert and Director of Financial Policy Directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Agrarian Reform. In 2001 he took the position of Chief expert at Financing of State Bodies, Programs and Insurance Funds Directorate of the Ministry of Finance. From 2001 to 2009 he was Head of Social Expenditures Division of the Ministry of Finance, Public Finance Management. From August 2009 to April 2013 he took the position of Deputy Minister of Finance. He was a member of the 42nd National Assembly which he left at his own will in February 2014. After that Mr. Goranov was appointed as Executive Director and Member of the Management Board of Municipal Bank Plc.
  • Dimitar Radev

    Dimitar Radev Governor, Bulgarian National Bank

  • Daniel Gros

    Daniel Gros Director, CEPS

  • Ivan Krastev

    Ivan Krastev Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Researcher, Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences in Vienna, Founder and member, European Council on Foreign Relations

  • Bernhard Henhappel

    Bernhard Henhappel Member of the Board of Directors of Tatrabanka, Slovakia, member of RBI Group

    Bernhard Henhappel is a Member of the Board and Chief risk officer at Tatrabanka, a.s., Slovakia, part of Raiffiesen Bank International Group. He finished Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration in 1999. From 2000 he became member of UniCredit Group, within which he worked on different positions. From 2009 to 2011 he was a Member of the MB/CRO UniCredit Serbia doo. He took the position at Raiffeisen Bank International Group in Slovakia in 2012.
  • Mark Robinson

    Mark Robinson CEE Research Specialist, Colliers International

  • Teodor Zahov

    Teodor Zahov Co-publisher and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Economedia

  • Ilin Stanev

    Ilin Stanev Editor and correspondent in Brussels, Capital

Program


AGENDA 

08:45 – 09:30 Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:30 - 09:40 Official Opening 
Theodore Zahov, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Economedia

09:40 - 10:00 Keynote Speech: Bulgaria’s path to the Euro: Focus on the business perspective
Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commission Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue

10:00 - 10:20 Keynote Speech: What lies ahead for Bulgaria in 2019
Boyko Borissov, Prime MInister of Bulgaria

10:20 - 10:35 Keynote Speech: How big is the risk of splitting the EU between Eurozone and others and where is Bulgaria in this scenario 
Ivan Krastev, Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Researcher, Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences in Vienna, Founder and member, European Council on Foreign Relations

Moderator: Theodore Zahov, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Economedia

10:35 - 11:30 First Discussion Panel: Direct questions, tangible answers - Policies and reforms which will bring Bulgaria closer to the Eurozone
Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commission Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue 
Vladislav Goranov, Minister of Finance of Bulgaria
Dimitar Radev, Governor, Bulgarian National Bank 
Moderator: Galya Prokopieva, Managing Director, Economedia
 
11:30 - 12:00 Networking Coffee Break 
 
12:00 - 12:20 Special Research: The Euro’s Impact on Businessес (Topic TBC)
Daniel Gros, Director, CEPS 

12:20 - 13:20 Second Discussion Panel: What would be the impact of the Eurozone membership on the economy and how should companies prepare 
Daniel Gros, Director, CEPS 
Bernhard Henhappel, Member of the Board of Directors, Tatra Banka Slovakia
Mark Robinson, CEE Research Specialist, Colliers International
Moderator: Ilin Stanev, Editor, Capital Weekly

13:20:  Networking Lunch 

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