17 March 2008, OECD Conference Centre Paris

Further fundamental structural reforms in labour and product markets are needed to boost jobs, productivity and prosperity in Europe, notwithstanding significant progress to date. This one-day conference, jointly organised by the IMF and OECD, identifies priorities for further action and addresses related political economy issues.


The speakers include economic policy-makers, academics, entrepreneurs and union representatives. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, and Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director of the IMF, will both give keynote addresses. Among other participants will be European Union Commissioner Joaquín Almunia, Sweden's Employment Minister Sven Otto Littorin, former EU Commissioner Frits Bolkestein, and two former prime ministers: Mikuláš Dzurinda of the Slovak Republic and Poul Nyrup Rasmussen of Denmark.




Dominique Strauss-Kahn,
Managing Director of the IMF



Angel Gurría,
Secretary-General of the OECD



Topics to be covered include:

  • What has been achieved in structural reform and what are priorities going forward?
  • What are the decisive factors driving reform initiatives and making them a success? 
  • What role can European institutions play in fostering structural reform?
  • How can macroeconomic policies help promote structural change?
  • What are the major features of effective policy design?