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.

Read the minutes of the conference

  • 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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Download the biography of the speakers

Download the presentation of Pierre Aubouin, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations,

Download the presentation of Mark-R Sontag, Siemens, (UNIFE)

Download the presentation of Aleksandra Olejnik, City of Lodz ( Eurocities)

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. 

October 17 – The State of Housing in the EU 2017 – European Parliament and Committee of the Regions

The Housing Europe Observatory presents at the European Parliament the 2017 edition of its flagship report ‘The State of Housing in the EU’ under the auspices of the European Parliament Long-term Investment Intergroup. It will be a precious occasion  to bring the housing debate to the EU Institutions putting particular focus on investment as a response to Europe’s housing challenge.

The morning session will be held at the European Parliament in room ASP 1E1 from 11am to 1pm. 

The afternon session will be held at the Committee of the Regions, from 14:00 to 17:00, Room JDE 70 .

The report at a glance: Detailed statistics per EU Member State – The latest housing trends in a cross-country observation – A compilation of the most significant policy updates since 2015 – Analysis of the interaction of housing policies and EU policies – The effect that challenges at local level have on housing

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