We are well over a year into the Corona pandemic and, while 2021 brings hope, the virus is still with us. We are making great progress with the vaccines: they have been developed and approved in record time and vaccination programs are well underway in many countries. But the virus is not yet under control. It is unlikely that global travel restrictions will be lifted completely in the coming months; it’s also unlikely that large groups will be able to meet freely in many countries for some time.

Taking this into account, we have made the decision not to hold the Munich Economic Summit in 2021. The goal of our Summit is to bring together thought leaders from politics, business and the media for face-to-face discussions about current economic policy issues. We will keep you informed about our future plans, and in the meantime welcome you to take part in the continuing virtual events of the ifo Institute, CESifo, and EconPol Europe research network.


The Munich Economic Summit (MES) is an international forum for in-depth discussion of European economic policy issues. Every two years it hosts top-level government representatives, outstanding international academics and high-ranking decisionmakers from business, media and society in Munich.

Its mission is to identify and discuss key challenges of the EU and convey possible solutions. The event will be featured in leading European media. The summit program comprises top class speeches, intensive talks in interactive sessions, and a forum for personal and professional exchange.


The ifo Institute is one of Europe’s leading economic research institutes and has a very high-profile media presence. The ifo Institute forms a bridge between academic research and public discourse. It focuses on applied economic research with clear policy implications with a view to achieving greater stability, prosperity and cohesion for Europe and the world. It strives to comply with the highest scientific standards and aims to play a policy advisory role and contribute to policy debate.

CESifo is a global independent research network. Its mission is to advance international scientific knowledge exchange about economics and economic policy, to strengthen the cooperation between the ifo Institute and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich and to maintain Munich as a vibrant hub of economic debate in Europe.



In the year 2002, the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt and CESifo — a joint initiative of the University of Munich and the ifo Institute — launched the Munich Economic Summit. The annual summit became an international renowned event offering internationally acclaimed academics and Europe’s top leaders from business and politics an opportunity to exchange ideas on key issues in an informal setting.

In 2018, a new era began. The ifo Institute and CESifo, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Munich and Upper Bavaria, have taken over as sole organizers.