International Conference

The Euro in Southeast Europe

The euro, and previously the Deutsche Mark, has long been the currency of choice in Southeast Europe. Buying a property or a personal computer is done in euros, and previously in German marks. This reflects the region’s integration with the economies of Western Europe and, in particular, the importance of migrant workers’ remittances to the region.

Countries in the region are increasingly adopting the euro as their official currency. With Croatia`s membership in January 2023, five countries in the region are members of the euro area (Croatia, Slovenia, Greece, Cyprus and Slovakia). Montenegro and Kosovo use the single currency but are not members of the euro area. Bosnia and Herzegovina and Bulgaria have pegged their national currencies to the euro. This patchwork of euro alignment reflects similarities with the European Union accession process in Southeast Europe.

The conference aims to take stock of recent monetary developments. We ask: How and why have some countries in the region adopted the euro? What are the economic and social consequences of their currency changeover? We also look at the other side of the coin: why are countries in the region reluctant to join or do not (yet) meet the criteria for membership, e.g. Romania and Bulgaria? Finally, the case of the Greek government in 2015 illustrates the risks associated with a possible exit from the euro area.

These examples illustrate political challenges facing the euro. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has added a geopolitical dimension to these challenges. Overall, governments in the region are reassessing their strategic options and timetables for EU integration and euro adoption. Institutional alignment and currency risks are providing new impetus for joining or remaining outside the euro area.

The international conference invites political economy experts, participants with a focus on Southeast Europe, European Union affairs, euro area developments, and those interested in financial markets and geopolitical developments.

Conference commitee

Jens Bastian, Southeast Europe Association
Martin Held, Protestant Academy Tutzing

Vom 13.09.2024
bis 15.09.2024

Venue: Evangelische Akademie Tutzing

CroatiaSloveniaGreeceSlovakiaCyprusEconomy / Infrastructure / Energy

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