Greece has been in the spotlight for more than five years since the country’s debt crisis erupted. Throughout those years the attention of the international community and of the country’s political class has been on the negotiations about bailouts and repayment of public debt, Greece’s place in the Eurozone, and on ‘austerity’ programs, implemented by successive Greek governments.

The Greek economy cannot continue on its present path, going from bailout to bailout, loan to loan, crisis to crisis. Now is the time for a frank discussion with the Greek public and Greek policy makers about what has to happen to set the country on the path towards fiscal responsibility, economic growth, and prosperity.   

The Atlas Network, its local partners, and the Cato Institute, are hosting an Emergency Economic Summit for Greece in Athens, which will present to the Greek public and policy makers a plan for an escape from the cycle of crises through lasting and sound structural reforms. Successful economic reformers and leading academics will present a realistic and direct diagnosis of the Greek government’s problems as well as the policy changes that will return the country to growth and prosperity. 


                                     Tuesday, May 19, 2015                                                   
11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
  • Alexander Skouras (Atlas Network)
  • Ian Vasquez (Cato Institute)
  • Dimitris Pefanis (Greek Liberal Monitor)
  • Makis Spyratos (Liberty Forum of Greece)
11:15 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Keynote Presentation
  Speaker: Thomas J. Sargent-Economist, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences (2011)
12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m. Coffee Break
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Restoring Financial Stability
  • Warren Coats
  • Georgios Bitros
  • Miranda Xafa
  • Karl-Heinz Paque
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Lunch Break
2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Reforming Spending and Entitlements 
  Moderator: Dr. Tom G. Palmer
  • Sven Otto Littorin
  • Lajos Bokros
  • Ivan Miklos
  • Kyriakos Mitsotakis
  • Harry Theoharis
3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Coffee Break
4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Eradicating Cronyism and Corruption
  • Aristides Hatzis
  • Elena Panaritis
  • Symeon Djankov
  • Juan Jose Daboub
  • Panagiotis Evangelopoulos
5:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Keynote Presentation
5:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Closing Remarks