Conference – What long-term investments for the Europe of tomorrow? – 7 November 15:00 – 17:15 – European Parliament – JAN4Q1


Wednesday 7 November, 15:00-17:15

Brussels – European Parliament – Room JAN 4Q1

For external participants : 14:30-14:50, in front of the main entrance of the European Parliament (ASP Building)


What Long-Term Investments for the Europe of tomorrow?

This conference took stock on the achievements regarding the creation of a conducive environment for long-term investments in Europe, from the Green paper on the Long-term financing of the European Economy by former Commissioner Barnier (2013) up to the Capital Markets Union (prudential regulation, accounting standards, governance issues…) and the Action plan on sustainable finance published earlier this year.

For the occasion was presented the report “Betting on the long term – Rebuilding investment for the Europe of tommorrow”, conducted by the task-force of Paris financial center under the supervision of former AXA financial director, Gérard de La Martinière.

 Just a few months before the next European elections, now it was crucial timing to assess what has been done and to determine the remaining barriers to address.

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As of 14:30                Welcome and registration

15:00                               Welcome Address

Dominique Riquet, MEP, Chair of the Long-term Investment Intergroup

15:10 – 15:20               Keynote speech

Kerstin Jorna, Deputy Director-General, Dg Ecfin, European Commission

15:20 – 15:35               Proposals of the French Task Force on Long term investment of the Paris Financial Center

Gérard de La Martinière, Rapporteur


15:35 – 15:45                2nd Adress

Jung Lichtenberger, Deputy Head of Unit Capital Markets Union, DG Fisma, European Commission 

15.45 – 16.45:           What Long-Term Investments for Tomorrow’s Europe and what EU urgently needs to do to revive Long-Term Investment?

Moderator: Laurent Zylberberg, Chair of ELTI association

Joana Valente, Senior Advisor & Strategy Coordinator, Business Europe (Highlight “entrepreneurs”)

Flavia Micilotta, Executive Director, Eurosif (Highlight “SI is a LTI”)

Nicolas Jeanmart, Head of General and Personal Insurance, Insurance Europe (Highlight “Insurance sector”)

Sébastien Raspiller, Head of Financing of the Economy, French Treasury

Benoit de La Chapelle Bizot, Deputy Director of the French Banking Federation (Highlight “Banks for the financing the real economy”)

Lieve Wierinck, MEP  


 17.15 – 17.30:           Closing remarks               

Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner, Economic & Financial Affairs, European Commission


October 3, 2018 14:00 – 15:00 – Strasbourg – European Parliament LOW S3.5 "Making better use of public funding: The role of NPBIs in the next EU budget" Public presentation

Throughout year 2017, the Jacques Delors Institute conducted a study (accessible here) which explores NPBIs’ experience in the roll-out and implementation of EU market-based instruments with a strong perspective in the current proposals for the next MFF and notably the architecture of the InvestEU Fund.

A public presentation and discussion of this study Making better use of public funding: The role of NPBIs in the next EU budget will be held on :

October 3, 14:00 – 15:00 Room S3.5 – Louise Weiss Building (LOW), European Parliament, Strasbourg

in the presence of Eulala Rubio, Senior research fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute and representatives from the European Long term Investors Association (ELTI).

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public services intergroup




Followed by a cocktail

How to better attract investments to address the social challenges of the EU?

What’s behind the recently announced InvestEU Fund?

What has been learned since the Juncker Plan for a true social Investment plan?

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Discussions moderated by Laurent ZYLBERBERG, Chairman of the European Long Term Investors Association (ELTI)

Pervenche BERÈS, MEP, Member of the “Common Goods and Public Services” & of the “Long-term Investment & Reindustrialisation” Intergroup

Edoardo REVIGLIO, Economist, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti Opportunities as an implementing partner

Valeria RONZITTI, Secretary General, CEEP

Sorcha EDWARDS, Secretary General, Housing Europe Lessons learned from EFSI and the way forward

Filippo MUNISTERI, DG ECFIN, European Commission, Quick presentation of the InvestEU fund

Jérôme HAMILIUS, Director for European Cooperation & Strategy, Council of Europe Development Bank

(tbc) Cabinet of Commissioner Marianne Thyssen for Employment, social affairs, skills and labour mobility On the challenges and stakes of the next MFF


25 september 2018 – What place for infrastructure preservation and upgrading in the next MFF ? – European Parliament – 18:00 – 20:00 Room P5B001



Conference FR/EN / 18:00 –20:00 25 September 2018 / European Parliament / Room P5B001

As the condition of Europe’s ageing transport network has become a major issue in terms of competitiveness and territorial cohesion, modernization appears a key element to tackle long term challenges facing the EU : climate change, road safety, accessibility at regional and very local scale and as recently declared, military mobility.

In this context, how to ensure proper level of #EUinvestment for the maintenance and upgrade of the network in a context of scarcity of public resources ? 

What role can CEF, Structural funds and the upcoming #InvestEU play in improving the daily life of millions of European commuters and transporters ?

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Welcome Address

Dominique Riquet, MEP, Chair of Long-term Investment Intergroup     

 Keynote Speech

Christian Tridon, French association of repair and structural reinforcement contractors (STRRES)

2nd Keynote Speech

Rudolf Niessler, Director for Smart and Sustainable Growth and Programme Implementation IV, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy

                    Roundtable: Local best practices and opportunities within the next MFF

Moderator                   Siobhan McKelvey, Member of the Executive Committee, European Union Road Federation

Fulvia Raffaelli, Head of Unit, Unit “Clean Technologies and Products”, DG GROW, European Commission

Gautier Chatelus, Deputy-Head, Infrastructure & Transportation Department, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

Koene Talsma, Member of the Taskforce Bouwagenda and Chairman of the Roadmap Bridges and Locks (The Netherlands)

Etienne Willame, Director General, Wallonia Infrastructures SPW

Closing remarks       

Antongiulio Marin, Deputy Head of Unit “Transport Investment”, DG MOVE, European Commission

 As of 20:00                 Cocktail

June 26 – Conference Blockchain -The real Fintech Revolution ?

On June 26, a conference on the potential of Blockchain to disrupt pratices in the financial markets was held in the European Parliament in cooperation with the European Banking Federation.

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Speakers :

Dominique Riquet, MEP, Chair of the Long-term Investment Intergroup

Thiebald Cremers, Director Legal and Public Affairs SETL France (

Wim Mijs, CEO, European Banking Federation

Nadia Filali, Head of Blockchain programme, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations & Member of the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum

Marcello Topa, Citi, Chair of the European Banking Federation Blockchain Working Group

Peteris Zilgalvis, Head of Unit, Start-ups and Innovation, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Eva Kaili, MEP, STOA chair

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February 19 – Lunch debate “The European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) : strengthening Europe’s defence industrial and technological”

On February 19, the Long-term investment Intergroup held a lunch-debate on the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) and its potential to boost European cooperative defence programmes while offering opportunities for enterprises in the defence sector.

Speakers :

Dominique Riquet, MEP, Chair of Long-term Investment Intergroup               

Lowri Evans, Director General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Burkard Schmitt, Director for Security and Defence, AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD)

Gergana Karadjova, PSC Ambassador/ Representative of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Political and Security Committee

Lola Merveille, Bpifrance Permanent Representative to the European Institutions

Frederic Mauro, lawyer and associate researcher with the Group for research and information on peace and security (GRIP)

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23 January 2018 – Public Presentation of the report “Boosting investment in social infrastructures in Europe” by the High Level Task Force on Social Infrastructures

A year ago, The European Long Term Investors Association (ELTI asked former President of the European Commission and Primer Minister of Italy Romano Prodi to chair a High-Level Task-Force bringing together highly experienced persons from different backgrounds (former minister, trade-unionist, economists, representatives from public companies …) to scrutinize investments in Social Infrastructure in Europe and to find ways to enhance them. This initiative underlining the need for additional investments in health, education and affordable housing, received a strong and immediate support from European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen. Several experts have analysed future developments against the current situation.



On January 23, the main findings of the report were presented at the European Commission premises. Proposals articulate in different timeline horizons (short, mid-term and long -term) and around three main ideas :

  1. « Labelling » National and European institutions could grant labels to projects according to social efficiency criteria. These labels could facilitate identification and, in turn, the financing of these projects.
  2. « Bundling » projects. As most projects are small-scale projects, requiring a limited amount of investment, bringing them together could reduce the fixed costs and favour their dissemination.
  3. « Blending » financing. In the current state of the economy, financing for these projects cannot come from one single body. Mixing public and private financing and/or using social impact bonds, could facilitate the access of Social Infrastructure to financing, while maintaining their unique benefits for the community.

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European Parliament – November 23 Breakfast-debate “Infrastructure and real estate: long-term investments working together to build Europe’s future”

On November 23, in the context of the Invest Week, the Intergroup on Long-term Investment and Reindustrialisation and the European Real Estate Forum (EREF) jointly sponsored a breakfast event in the European Parliament. The event focused on how infrastructure and real estate are long-term investments that are attractive to institutional investors such as pension funds and insurance companies and that have many similarities and synergies. 

Inrev breakfast debate

Panel :

  • Brenna O’Roarty, RHL Strategic Solutions
  • Hans Op ‘t Veld, Head of Listed Real Estate, PGGM
  • Hauke Brede, Chief Risk Officer, Allianz Real Estate
  • Jeroen Reijnoudt, Senior Portfolio Manager International Real Estate, MN
  • David Percheron, Permanent representative to the EU, Caisse des Dépôts Group

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November 20 – Conference on Investment and Innovation – European Parliament



Investment and Innovation

Monday, 20 November, 15:20-17:30, followed by a cocktail reception

European Parliament, room ASP5G1

Keynote: Jyrki Katainen, European Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness

As part of Invest Week, successful founders from some of Europe’s most exciting companies joined Vice-President Katainen to explore the role of entrepreneurship and innovation in improving the way we live and work. This roundtable provided an opportunity to debate with business pioneers and the newly appointed Chairman of the High Level Group of Innovators of the European Innovation Council on how to ensure that growing companies get access to the investment and support they need to scale-up in Europe.

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  • Hermann Hauser, co-founder, Amadeus Capital Partners, Acorn Computers and ARM Holdings, and Chair of the High-Level Group of the European Innovation Council
  • Stan Boland, founder of FIVE AI, developing AI mapping systems to make driverless cars safe in urban environmentsDan Kiernan, co-founder of Unbound, the crowdsourcing publishing platform
  • Ulrich Hanfeld, CEO at NKD, the German retailer and a successful turnaround story
  • Pascal Lagarde, Executive Director in charge of International Affairs, Strategy, Studies and Development at Bpifrance, the French bank of entrepreneurs

Moderated by: Michael Collins, Chief Executive Officer, Invest Europe

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October 12 – Lunch Debate on "financing sustainable cities : ensuring long term investments for urban transport (tram, light rail and metro systems) – European Parliament

On October 12, in cooperation with UNIFE and Eurocities, the Long-term investment Intergroup held a lunch-debate on the financing of urban transport infrastructures. 


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MEP Dominique Riquet, Chair of the LTI Intergroup, welcomed the participants to the lunch-debate, saying that events of this kind are important to bring together different types of actors, as a way to bridge investment gaps, given that local authorities have huge role to play in funding, and that project promoters lack necessary information on EFSI.

Philippe Citroen, Director General of UNIFE, stressed on the importance of ESI Funds in contributing to the implementation of projects in cities investing in urban rail networks. Thanks to this, a lot of cities in Central and Eastern European countries have been able to invest in urban rail projects. Nevertheless, improvements are needed with EFSI, given that the we have experienced a very gradual take-off, with some urban rail projects in the waiting list for the signoff of the EIB Board of Directors.

Ana Lisa Boni, Secretary General of EUROCITIES, mentioned the importance of rail infrastructure in contributing to the shift towards more sustainable mobility. She underlined the importance for cities to easily access funding for investing in different sectors, as the most pressing challenges of our society have a stronger impact in cities. For this reason, investment in cities will contribute to make Europe a more liveable place.

Aleksandra Oleynik, Coordinator of the activities of the City of Łódź in international organisations, presented a city case on how investing in urban rail helped to reduce traffic congestion and improve living conditions within the city. She presented two EU-funded urban rail projects: a new underground railway station and the tramway infrastructure modernisation.

Mark Sontag, Executive Director of Mobility Finance at Siemens Financial Services, stressed that digitisation has helped to reduce congestion through apps, C-ITS, etc. He said that grant funding must remain high for what concerns mobility, and therefore EFSI can’t totally replace these mechanisms.

Pierre Aubouin, Head of the Infrastructure & Transportation Department at Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, emphasised how the involvement of private investors could generate impetus for a greater use of EFSI for urban rail projects, and suggested to local authorities more openness regarding new financing schemes, in order to easily access EFSI funds. He also affirmed that investing in urban rail can help avoiding the spread of too many shared mobility platforms (like UBER).

MEP Novakov moderated the debate, and recalled the 750 billion Euros needed complete the TEN-T network, specifying that every billion Euros invested in the TEN-T network provides 10.000 jobs, thus TEN-T network’s enhancement is fundamental to boost clean transport and jobs. He also reiterated the TRAN Committee’s commitment for a fairer share of EU budget allocated to transport in the post-2020 programming period.