19 Jan 2022

Fireplace Talk on Economic and Monetary Union, the Euro and the European Central Bank

This is the fourth event in the Fireplace Talks on the 30th Anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty, organised by UM Campus Brussels. It will zoom in on one of the policy fields laid out by the Maastricht Treaty and in particular - Economic and Monetary Union, the Euro and the European Central Bank. 


Our guest speakers for the talk are:  Aneta Spendzharova, Associate Professor at Maastricht University, Rebecca Christie, non-resident Fellow at Bruegel, Gabriel Glöckler, Principal Adviser at European Central Bank, and Gianni Lo Schiavo, Senior Lawyer at the European Central Bank.


The event will be moderated by the Director of UM Campus Brussels, Prof. Mariolina Eliantonio and the Associate Director, Assistant Prof. Paul Stephenson. 


 This will be an online event held via Zoom. 

Guest Speakers

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Aneta Spendzharova

Aneta Spendzharova is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University.  She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, USA. Before coming to Maastricht, Aneta was post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies – Vienna. Her research interests are in the areas of Regulatory Governance in the European Union and Central and Eastern Europe, and Research Methodology.


Gabriel Glöckler

Gabriel Glöckler is a Principal Adviser in Directorate General Communications at European Central Bank (ECB). He joined ECB in 1999 as a Senior Economist and held various positions within the institution. Prior to joining ECB he was an Academic Assistant at College of Europe, Bruges where he is currently teaching EMU and Euro Area Governance as a Visiting Professor. 

Gabriel holds M.A. degree in European Studies from the College of Europe, Bruges (Belgium) and M.A. (Oxon) Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Oxford (UK).

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Rebecca Christie

Rebecca Christie is a non-resident fellow at Bruegel. Prior t joining Bruegel, Rebecca was a political correspondent in Brussels for Bloomberg News from 2011 to 2016. Most recently she served as the lead author on the European Stability Mechanism's institutional history, "Safeguarding the Euro in Times of Crisis: the Inside Story of the ESM". She has also served as an expert adviser to a European Economic and Social Committee panel on taxation. 

During a 22-year career in daily journalism, Rebecca wrote for a broad range of newspapers and wire services, from the Bend (Oregon) Bulletin to the UK-based Financial Times. She was a Washington correspondent for 7 years with Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal, covering the U.S. Treasury, the Federal Reserve and the Pentagon. She joined Bloomberg in 2008 as senior U.S. Treasury correspondent, a post she held for three years before moving to Europe.

Rebecca studied classical languages at Duke University and public policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Gianni Lo Schiavo

Gianni Lo Schiavo

Gianni Lo Schiavo is a Senior Lawyer at European Central Bank, where he has been serving for over seven years. 

Gianni has a degree from the College of Europe, Bruges,  and the University of Florence. He obtained a Ph.D. in EU Law at King's College, London, and has written numerous articles and chapters in EU administrative law, EU financial/banking law and EU competition law.