“Although the euro has admittedly an incomplete architecture, and in spite of the rise of populist-backed governments, its survival is not in peril. All member states want the euro to stay and are ready to give what it takes.” This was stated by the Minister for Finance Edward Scicluna in a keynote address at a London conference, titled “The euro: voices from the Commonwealth”, organised jointly by the Central Bank of Malta and the Queen Mary University of London, held at the School of Economics and Finance, Queen Mary University.
The conference provided an opportunity for scholars, central bankers and policy practitioners from Commonwealth countries and Europe to express their views and perceptions about the global role of the euro currency exchange in the post-crisis world economy.
A mix of local and foreign academics, central bankers, representatives of international financial institutions, and the private sector participated in the joint conference. These included Mario Vella (Governor, Central Bank of Malta), Mahmood Pradhan (European Department Deputy Director at the International Monetary Fund), Sujoy Mukerji (School of Economics and Finance, Queen Mary University of London), Franklin Allen (Imperial College London), Jagit Chadha (National Institute of Economic and Social Research), Arun Sharma (International Finance Corporation), and a team of economists from the Economics Department of the CBM.