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Erkki Liikanen Delivers a Public Lecture at Eesti Pank

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On Wednesday, 10 September 2008, from 16.00 to 17.00, Governor of the Bank of Finland ERKKI LIIKANEN delivers a public lecture Euro's tenth anniversary: time to reflect in the Independence Hall of Eesti Pank. The lecture is part of the lecture series dedicated to the memory of Professor Ragnar Nurkse.

The hour-long lecture by the internationally experienced Governor of the Bank of Finland looks back at the nearly ten years of using the euro. Erkki Liikanen has been Governor of the Bank of Finland since 2004. His previous posts include Member of the European Commission, where he worked nearly ten years, Head of the Finnish Mission to the European Union and Minister of Finance for Finland. Liikanen is also Member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank and Governor of the International Monetary Fund for Finland.

Eesti Pank started the annual lecture series dedicated to the globally renowned Estonian economist Ragnar Nurkse in 2007. The previous lecture was delivered by the European Commissioner Siim Kallas at the conference dedicated to the 15th anniversary of the Estonian kroon on 23 May 2007. Eesti Pank's objective in organising the lecture series is to provide room for interesting discoveries and new arguments helping realise the challenges facing both the international and the Estonian economy.

The lecture is in English and free of charge. The lecture is followed by a short reception.

Those interested in attending are asked to contact Eesti Pank by 9 September by telephone +372 6680 719 or e-mail

Ragnar Nurkse was an Estonian-born economist who concentrated his research on issues related to international economy, international finance and development economics and became globally recognised in the 1940s and 1950s. His publications on topics regarding international capital flows, finance, economy and economic development are just as topical today as they were at the time they were written. For more detailed information on Ragnar Nurkse please see Kroon and Economy No 1 of 2004.