Wednesday, 06.09.2023 - FEPS

Workshop: Democratising EU Economic Governance

On 6 September, Prof. Mark Dawson presented a new FES-study, addressing the democratic deficit in EU economic policy coordination and ways to enhance accountability.

After a long period of reflection and negotiation, the European Commission has finally presented its legislative proposals for a reform of EU economic governance in spring 2023. The reform will set the new framework for Member States’ fiscal policy and will thus critically shape their room for investments and social spending in crisis-ridden times of rapid transformation.

The reform is a unique opportunity to address the current lack of procedures of democratic accountability, and enhance democracy in EU economic policy coordination. In a study commissioned by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Mark Dawson, Professor of European Law and Governance at the Hertie School of Governance, scrutinises these deficits and offers proposals for more democratic control.

On 6 September, 17-19:00 CEST, the author will present the study "How to Democratise Europe's Fiscal Rules: Proposals for Reforming the EU's Economic Governance Package", followed by a discussion with experts and policymakers.


  • Welcome by Stefan Körzell, Executive board member DGB 
  • Input by Mark Dawson, Professor of European Law and Governance, Hertie School of Governance
  • Panel debate with:
    • Mark Dawson
    • Joachim Schuster, MEP, S&D
    • Rasmus Andresen, MEP, Greens/EFA
    • Marietta Karamanli, Member of the French Parliament
  • Closing remarks by Maria João Rodrigues, President of FEPS
  • Moderation by Dominika Biegoń, Head of European and International Economic Policy, DGB and Cédric Koch, Policy Officer for European & International Economic Policy at FES

The event takes place at FEPS, Avenue des Arts 46, 1000 Brussels. It will be held in English and French, with simultaneous interpretation in German and English provided. The registration for this event is closed.

For more information, please contact Cédric Koch, Policy Officer at FES at 

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