Presentation on theme: "History of European integration 1950 - European Payments Union 1951 - European Coal and Steel Community 1957 - Treaty of Rome 1970s & 1980s - Expansion."— Presentation transcript:
History of European integration 1950 - European Payments Union 1951 - European Coal and Steel Community 1957 - Treaty of Rome 1970s & 1980s - Expansion of EU 1986 - Single European Act 1992 - Maastricht Treaty 1999 - EMU
Two dimensions Political -Council of Ministers as decision making body -European law -European Parliament (directly elected since 1979) Economic -Eliminate internal customs duties and quotas -Common external trade policy -Creation of single market
Institutions European Central Bank European CommissionEuropean Parliament Council of Ministers
Policy making institutions 6 Executive Board Members of the ECB Governing Council of the ECB 12 National Central Bank Governors Monetary policy for euro area
Strategy & accountability Twin pillars of ECB monetary policy strategy –Broad based assessment of outlook for price stability –Reference value for money growth Quantitative definition of price stability –2% inflation or less
Three facets of EMU Creation of European “super state” Deepening and strengthening the single market Monetary stability through new institutions
Why does it matter for the US? Europe is our most important trading partner Europe is the most important source of investment in the US The euro as a competitor with the dollar
The euro as a competitor with the dollar US dollar dominant in international transactions –size and global reach of US –stability of purchasing power Benefit to US: seigniorage revenue Challenge from high-denomination euro notes?
A model for the future? National central banks an expensive luxury? The debate over dollarization Monetary union as an alternative?
Dollar-euro exchange rate $ per Launch of EMU $ per ECU prior to 1999
EU expansion Euro area Other EU Candidate countries Candidate countries not shown: Malta and Cyprus