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Programming and managing public funds at time of crises: European scenarios

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The geopolitical shifts entailed by the war in Ukraine pose new – and immense – challenges to which the European continent must respond and adapt. The energy crisis is calling for an immediate and long term action, which shall arguably be supported by a massive funding scheme. What are the lessons from the NextGeneration EU and other schemes for REPower EU and other possible plans? How to ensure democratic participation in this process?

This is the public event of the policy workshop organised by the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy and the SNSF Sinergia project “Reversing the Gaze”. The experts will discuss the main recommendations emerging from the workshop discussions and present their policy briefs.

Luciano Monti, Professor of European Union Policies at LUISS University, Rome

Thu Nguyen, Policy Fellow for EU Institutions and Democracy at the Jacques Delors Centre, Hertie School, Berlin

Jelena Zarkovic, Professor of Economics, University of Belgarde

Christine Lutringer (moderator), Senior Researcher and Executive Director, Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy, Geneva Graduate Institute



Prof. Luciano monti Luciano Monti is Professor of European Union Policies at LUISS University, Rome and member of the intergenerational evaluation of public policies committee at the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers. He is also scientific co-director of the Bruno Visentini Foundation and a Board Member of the SNSF project “Reversing the Gaze: towards post-comparative area studies”. His most recent works include the bestselling essay Thieves of the Future (Luiss University Press 2016), the H24 dystopian novel (Amazon 2018) and the Third Report on the Generational Gap (LUISS University Press 2019), all dedicated to the emerging generation gap. His most recent policy brief on the NRRP was published in September 2022.

thuThu Nguyen is a Policy Fellow for EU Institutions and Democracy at the Jacques Delors Centre, Hertie School in Berlin. Before joining the Centre, she was an Assistant Professor of comparative constitutional law at the Department of Public Law at Maastricht University. She holds a PhD in EU and comparative constitutional law from Maastricht University and was a re:constitution Fellow 2019-2020. Among her latest publications features the policy brief she co-authored with Lucas Guttenberg titled How to spend it right - A more democratic governance for the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility (2020).

JelenaJelena Žarković is a Professor of Public Economics at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. From 2012 to 2021 she was a director at one of the leading think tanks in the country, Fondacija za razvoj ekonomske nauke. Her main research interests are the labour markets, poverty and income inequality effects of tax and benefit policies. This event takes place in the context of the Geneva Democracy Week as part of the programme organised by the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy.

This is a hybrid event. Please register below to attend the event online or in person.