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Eur-Ifri. ENLARGEMENT AND GLOBALISATION: LOCATION AND COMPETITIVENESS OF FIRMS IN EUROPE. June 17, 2005. European Economic and Social ...

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EurIfri ENLARGEMENT AND GLOBALISATION: LOCATION AND COMPETITIVENESS OF FIRMS IN EUROPE June 17, 2005European Economic and Social Committee 99, rue Belliard – B – 1040 Brussels Presentation and Programme A conference of theFrench Institute of International Relationsin collaboration with
Presentation One major objective of the latest wave of enlargement is to complete the transition of new member countries to the market economy and promote their development. Western members nevertheless have expressed fears that the new members may represent too much of a burden for their own economies or the European budget. This paradox first surfaced during the negotiation phase and the public debate now focuses on wage and tax competition, which would be used by new members to attract production facilities and jobs. The focus on the issue of relocation in East European countries partly results from the fact that enlargement takes place in a context of increasing global competition. The emergence of new competitors on global markets increases the pressure to both innovate and control costs. These evolutions combine to lead companies to re organize their global production and supply networks in order to benefit both from costefficient locations and easy access to expanding markets. This conference analyses the impact of enlargement on the competitiveness of European firms in this global context. Integration of the new members into pan European production networks started in the 1990s, but the process now takes place in a global environment in which competitive pressures from emerging countries will continue to grow on both old and new EU members. The conference will draw on general contributions and sector analyses to discuss the conditions under which enlargement can represent an opportunity to strengthen firms’ competitiveness and take advantage of the economic dynamism of the new members.
Programme 9:30 Welcome9:50remarks: OpeningJosly Piette,Member of the Bureau of the EESC, and President of the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change Introduction:Pierre Lepetit, Executive Director, Ifri, Paris10:0011:30 IMPACTOF ENLARGEMENT ON THE LOCATION OF FIRMS IN EUROPE Chair:Pierre Mirel, Director for Turkey and Croatia, European Commission DG EnlargementFrédérique Sachwald, Head of Economic Studies, Ifri, Paris Impact of Enlargement on Firms’ Strategies and the Location of Production in Europe Vincent Mercier,Managing Partner Roland Berger Strategy ConsultantsGlobal networks of production and location in Europe Discussion:Waltraut Urban, Economist, Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (WIIW), Vienna PAUSETea and coffee 11:45 13:10 EUROPEAN DIVISION OF LABOUR AND THE COMPETITIVENESS OF THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY Introduction and Chair:Slavo Radosevic, University College London Yann Lepape, DGTPE, French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry, in Warsaw Enlargement and the “European Motor Industry’ Discussion:Jacques Verdonck, VP Strategic Planning Renault Reinhold Kopp, Group Senior VP Volkswagen
14:40  16:10ICT: THE EU25 IN THE GLOBAL PRODUCTION NETWORKS Introduction and Chair:Michel Martinez, Economist, Rexecode, Paris Frank Barry, Economics Department,University College, Dublin The European Geography of the ICT Sector Magdolna Sass,Institute of Economics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest ICT in Hungary: Evolution since the 1990s Discussion:Serge Ferré, VicePresident, Nokia France,Slavo Radosevic, UCL 16:10  17:30 ROUND TABLE EUROPEAN GEOGRAPHY OF PRODUCTION AND PUBLIC POLICIES Chair:Pierre Defraigne, Director of EurIfri Matthias Ruete,Director, Coordination for Competitiveness, European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry The revised Lisbon strategy: contributing to a strong European industrial base Amina LahrècheRevil, Associate Research Fellow, CEPII, Paris Tax competition in Europe Reinhilde Veugelers,Professor,Catholic University of Louvain (KUL) Enlargement, competitiveness and the Lisbon strategy 17:30  17:45 CONCLUSION Horst Reichenbach,Director General, European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry Coffee – Tea Registration form to be returned tobreux@ifri.orgor by fax : 33 (0)1 40 61 60 60 Name:……………………………………………………………………………………………….. Institution:…………………………………………Function:……………………………………... Tel :…………………..………. Fax :…………………………Mail :……………………... Information: Martine Breux – EurIfri – + 33 (0)1 40 61 60 38