What are the potential benefits and/or drawbacks of a digital euro? What are the design options for this tool? These are the questions we will answer in our next policy roundtable, in cooperation with the Veblen Institute.

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The digital euro is a payment and transaction system that would have the same properties as cash, but simply in digital form. Positive Money has been advocating this idea for years. Now the project of a digital central bank currency is making progress, and the world’s major central banks are investigating its introduction, including the European Central Bank. The timing is therefore optimal for a broader policy discussion with high-level experts from both civil society organisations and EU institutions: 

  • Evelien Witlox, Program Director Digital Euro, European Central Bank
  • Jan Ceyssens, Head of Unit Digital Finance, DG FISMA, European Commission
  • Paul Tang, Member of the European Parliament
  • Anna Martin, Financial Services Officer, BEUC 
  • Tristan Dissaux, Researcher at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Coordinator of the Digital Euro Watch at the Veblen Institute

Introduction: Wojtek Kalinowski, Co-Director of the Veblen Institute

Moderator: Vicky Van Eyck, Executive Director of Positive Money Europe

Our director will moderate this discussion on the crucial aspects of the debate on a digital euro: from privacy and accessibility to the security and resilience that this tool could bring to the current payment system. The roundtable will close with a 30-minute Q&A session, where the panel will answer all your questions on digital currencies. Join us online on 4 May, from 2–4pm CEST.

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