[With Brexit], the European Union is losing the City of London, our largest financial centre. It's like New York leaving the US and taking Wall Street with it. -- Valdis Dombrovskis, Economic Club of New York, 11 April 2019
Valdis Dombrovskis
Posted by Isabelle le 2019-04-28
I'd like to warmly thank today's participants for the insightful discussion about the future of work. One clear message from the Conference is that ‘the future of work is already today'. This means that when we talk of the ‘future of work', if we want to be correct in our English grammar, we should really be speaking about the ‘present continuous of work'. It's not a question of saying ‘labour markets will change'. Rather, it's already clear that our labour markets ‘are changing'. -- Valdis Dombrovskis, Conference on the Future of Work, 9 April 2019
Valdis Dombrovskis
Posted by Isabelle le 2019-04-28
"This house would say YES to Europe". That was the wording of a motion before this house, 43 years ago, in 1975. That debate is still considered one of the most famous ever held in this beautiful debating chamber. It was live on BBC1. And the nation watched as the audience voted overwhelmingly YES to Europe, with 493 ayes to 92 noes. It must have been rather crowded here, with almost 600 people in this venue! Only two days later, the UK voted by 2/3 majority to remain in the European Union, or as it was known then, the European Community. Today I am here - on behalf of the European Commission - to defend the motion that the euro is stronger than ever. I will argue there is heavy evidence to support this case. But I want to be even more ambitious. Today, I also want to convince you that the euro is - in fact - a success story for Europe. I will focus on three points: First, that Europeans are better off with the euro as their currency. Second, that this is true also in times of crisis. And finally I will demonstrate that the euro is today stronger than ever before. -- Valdis Dombrovskis, "The euro is stronger than ever", 18 October 2018
Valdis Dombrovskis
Posted by Isabelle le 2018-11-03
In a world economy which never sleeps, 10 years seems like an eternity. Indeed, much has changed in the world since the fall of Lehman Brothers. And Europe has changed after 10 years of steady reform. Today is a good opportunity to look back on this decade, and reflect on what we can learn from it. So I thank you for the invitation to speak today. -- Valdis Dombrovskis, The transatlantic ecnomy ten years after the crisis: macro-financial scenarios and policy responses, 23 April 2018
Valdis Dombrovskis
Posted by Isabelle le 2018-05-05