CEPII, Recherche et Expertise sur l'economie mondiale
Wednesday June 7, 2017
12.30- 14.30

Uncertainty surrounds the future of the European Union and its place in the world. The crisis set in motion a whole range of initiatives and institutional changes and in Europe, both at the EU28 and euro area levels. These now have to blossom into a solid and durable edifice.

A challenge is therefore to make sure that the next steps in European integration live up to the economic, institutional, political, social and governance challenges that Europe is facing.

In that context, CEPII and France Stratégie have launched a series of monthly events – lunchtalks - about Europe with the aim to bring together officials, academics, as well as practitioners and corporates around a relevant speaker selected for his relevance for European matters.
Gary Banks on "The Contribution of National Productivity Councils to Structural Reforms:  
Insights from Australia"

Gary Banks
Professeur, Melbourne Institute of Applied Research
Président du Comité de la politique de réglementation, OCDE
Ancien président de la Productivity Commission d’Australie
Building sufficiently broad support for reforms is often a prerequisite for their success. Several countries have set up institutions to assist governments not only in identifying and designing reforms, but also in engaging with stakeholders and the public. Have such institutions helped overcome political obstacles to structural reforms? Are there lessons for the operations of the productivity councils being established in EU countries?

Gary Banks was chairman of Australia’s Productivity Commission, one of the first institutions of its kind, from its inception in 1998 until 2013. He will present his views on how such institutions can help governments advance reform agendas and outline some lessons learnt in Australia, focusing on the processes for consensus-building. The presentation will be followed by a discussion and questions from the audience.

By invitation only. 
The discussion will be held in English under Chatham House Rules.
Participants are welcome to ask questions in French or in English.