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EU reform for business: Britain and the Capital Markets Union

  • Date(s)
    5 October 2015
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    Meeting Room 2, Premier Inn Manchester Central, 7-11 Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3DW
EU reform for business: Britain and the Capital Markets Union

Growth remains sluggish across many parts of Europe and is forecast to be at 1.3 per cent for the eurozone this year. Unemployment is expected to remain at stubbornly high levels of 11 per cent and investment in the region remains subdued. To break out of this cycle of economic underperformance the European commission is proposing a Capital Markets Union (CMU) which aims to improve access to finance. It is in Britain’s interest to ensure that its most important trading partner is economically more successful. But to achieve this the UK needs to work with other member states to promote a set of pro-growth reforms.

This panel discussion will debate:

• What needs to be done to link investors with firms to make Europe’s economy more dynamic and innovative?

• Do the existing CMU proposals have the potential to deliver tangible benefits and reinvigorate the European economy?

• What role can the British government play in driving capital market reforms to support faster economic growth across the EU?

The event will build on Policy Network’s recent report Supporting Investors and Growth Firms: A Bottom-up Approach to a Capital Markets Union.


Thomas Aubrey, senior adviser, Policy Network

Kay Swinburne, Conservative MEP for Wales

Anna Edwards, co-anchor of Countdown, Bloomberg

Alexandra Renison, head of Europe and trade policy, Institute of Directors

Jenny Tooth, chief executive, Business Angels Association

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