Welcome from Governor Gabriel Makhlouf

The Central Bank is once again delighted to be taking part in the Generation €uro Students’ Award to recognise excellence in the new generation of economists. This competition is an opportunity for future economists to challenge themselves by taking on the role of the ECB Governing Council members and propose the interest rate decision for the euro area. 

Within the competition, students not only learn about monetary policy decisions and the impact of price stability on the European community, but developing a deeper knowledge of these issues allows them to understand how these decisions affect their daily lives. The competition runs over three rounds: an online quiz, an analysis assignment and a presentation to the Central Bank of Ireland at the national final. Throughout the experience, students develop valuable life skills as the competition draws on economic reasoning, critical analysis, public speaking and team work.

The winning team will represent the Central Bank of Ireland at the European Award Event in Frankfurt next May along with other national winners from across Europe. There they will meet the President of the ECB and participate in a series of educational workshops and events.

I invite you to join us in this exciting challenge and would like to wish all those taking part the very best of luck.


Gabriel Makhlouf Governor, Central Bank of Ireland