Debate on Sovereign Bond Markets

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CEPS - Centre for European Policy Studies 1 Place du Congrès / Congresplein 1000 Brussels

Materials [click to download] 

  • EVENT REPORT (summary of the main comments by panellists and conclusions of the seminar)


Eurozone sovereign bond markets are in the eye of the storm. High borrowing costs and a fragmented sovereign issuances in Europe may be overcome in the future if fiscal consolidation and structural reforms deliver economic growth and greater integration by filling gaps in competitiveness among member states. Yet, time runs short as borrowing costs remain high, despite ECB intervention, and contagion may spread to countries considered so far relatively ‘safe’. This seminar will look at trends in markets over the past year and how sovereign debt markets are functioning in convulse circumstances. The Greek debt restructuring, the ECB intervention and the broader options to solve the crisis will be part of this panel discussion.


  • Peter Grasmann, Head of Unit, Economic Analysis of Financial Markets and Financial Stability, European Commission
  • Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou, European Head, Global Asset Allocation and Alternative Investments, JP Morgan
  • Steven Major, Global Head, Fixed Income Research, HSBC
  • Daniel Gros, Senior Research Fellow and Director, CEPS
  • Wim Boonstra, Chief Economist, Rabobank Group (moderator)


Participation in this event is free of charge for ECMI members, CEPS members and employees of the EU Institutions. Other attendees are welcomed for €100, paid in cash at registration. A sandwich lunch (€6) will be served before the meeting. Registration will open at 12:30 CET (provisional time).

  • Click here to register, you will be redirected to the CEPS webpage. 
  • If you experience any problems during registration contact Isabelle Tenaerts at isabelle.tenaerts@ceps.eu or phone 0032 2 229 39 56


For more information please contact Diego Valiante at diego.valiante@ceps.eu or phone 0032 2 229 39 14.

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Presentation by Wim Boonstra196.18 KB