CompNet & ECB Annual Conference

CompNet & ECB Annual Conference

On 22 September 2020, a short online event took place. Please find all material below to be downloaded from the online conference.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) may have lasting effects on the global and the European economies. This online event features a keynote lecture on the environment in which European firms operate and how it may be affected by the pandemic. A high-level panel discussed how COVID-19 may be reshaping international trade and capital flows.



14:30    Registration (Webex)

15:00    Welcome address

             Frank Smets, Director General, Directorate General Economics, European Central Bank

             Filippo di Mauro, Chairman, CompNet

15:10   Keynote Speech:

            "Firms concentration, trade and productivity – recent trends in EU countries and implications of the COVID-19 pandemic"

             Marc Melitz, Harvard University

15:55    Break

16:00    Policy panel "How is COVID-19 reshaping international trade and capital flows?"

             Chair: Philip R. Lane, Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank 

             Caroline Freund, Global Director of Trade, Investment and Competitiveness, World Bank

             Beata Javorcik, Chief Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

             Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti, Deputy Director of the Research Department, International Monetary Fund

17:15 End of event


General information

Language English

Local organisers

Ettore Dorrucci, Roberta Serafini, Philipp Meinen (all European Central Bank, Directorate General Economics, Euro Area External Sector and Euro Adoption Division)

Contacts Simone Suckfüll +49 69 1344 6952 Saskia Schwägermann +49 69 1344 6402