One year after the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) came into force, the European Commission released a Communication “Europe investing again. Taking stock of the Investment Plan for Europe and next steps”.
The Communication sets out what has been achieved to date under the Investment Plan for Europe and its prospects for the future.
Re-launching public and private investments to boost long-term growth is at the top of the EU policy agenda. The European Commission has invited Member States to help identify obstacles to investment, and the local and regional authorities (LRAs) should take part in this exercise.
LRAs are key public investors and key contributors to setting the preconditions for long-term sustainable and inclusive growth. Cities and regions help to create a better environment for private investment, in particular for SMEs.
To help identify obstacles to investment and to make the most of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) invites all representatives of EU cities or regions to take part in the survey on “Obstacles to investments at local and regional level”.
The survey is open until 14 July 2016.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO) have signed a EUR 50 million loan that ICO will use to finance infrastructure projects through its venture capital fund FOND-ICO Infraestructuras. The agreement was signed today in Madrid by EIB Vice-President Román Escolano and ICO’s CEO, Emma Navarro.
Under this financing operation, which is backed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the EIB will share with ICO the risk on eligible infrastructure projects in which FOND-ICO Infraestructuras invests, allowing them to benefit from support under the Investment Plan for Europe.
On April 28, Michel Dantin, MEP and Vice-Chair of the European Parliament Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Development” together with Dominique Riquet, MEP and President of the “Long-Term Investment and Reindustrialisation Intergroup” welcomed policy-makers and stakeholders in the European Parliament in Brussels to the conference “The Need for Long-Term Investments in the Water Sector” to discuss the matter alongside the Dutch EU Presidency, the European Commission, the EIB and OECD.
Download the press release
Materials of the speakers :
Pierre Menet, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, The need for long term investments in the water sector
Xavier Leflaive, Environment Directorate, OECD
Thomas van Gilst, Head of Water Management Division, Project Directorate, EIB
Jan Busstra, Netherlands Water Director, Three action levels for investing in the Water Sector
The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) is benefitting regional economies and communities mostly through massive support for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and thanks to the first investment platforms involving local actors. This was the main message delivered by the Vice-President of the European Commission Jyrki Katainen to local leaders during the debate promoted on 22 April by the European Committee of the Regions’ (CoR) commission for economic policy (ECON) to assess the EFSI impact at regional level.
The Presidents of the major development banks in the world
On April 16, The Global Infrastructure Forum took place as part of the 2016 World Bank Group Spring Meeting in Washington D.C, USA. The Global Infrastructure Forum is the flagship event on collaborative financing for infrastructure development in support of the Sustainable Development Goals. The event was jointly organised with the United Nations, key development partners in infrastructure and the multilateral development banks (MDBs).
The Global Infrastructure Forum presented a range of opinions on how to bridge infrastructure and capacity gaps in challenging environments. Furthermore, it highlighted opportunities for investment and cooperation that are environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable.
President Hoyer contributed to the discussion on behalf of the EIB. In addition, in a complementary panel Vice President Ambroise Fayolle presented the progress of the EIB on the European Fund for Strategic Investments and discuss financing models which help to catalyse the much-needed investment in infrastructure.
History of the Forum :
At the Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa in 2015, 193 nations agreed to establish a forum on infrastructure to build and enhance multilateral collaborative mechanisms to better align coordination among the full suite of infrastructure actors, including the private sector.
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The Jacques Delors Institute has carried out a report on the Juncker Plan. Based on the Plan’s preliminary results, experts’ opinions, experiences with similar instruments and two case studies, this report identifies various short-term implementation risks that can threaten the success of the Plan within its initial three-year period and formulates policy recommendations to address such risks.
The main conclusion is that the Plan will not be sufficient to close the current EU investment gap – and therefore should be complemented by other actions to boost investment. The success of the Juncker Plan might be also threatened in the absence of certain conditions.
The Report also analyses possible long-term scenarios; in particular, the possibility that EFSI leads to the establishment of a system of public investment banks in Europe and the possibility that it becomes the seed of a future euro area macro-economic stabilization capacity.
Finally, the Report provides a more on-the-ground analysis of the possible contributions of the Juncker Plan in two major areas: digital infrastructure and energy efficiency. The two case studies stress the need to deliver on the third pillar of the Plan by improving EU and national regulatory frameworks in order to remove non-financial barriers to investment. In both areas there is a concrete risk of geographical concentration but evidence also point out that EFSI can serve to help structure and finance small-sized and high-risk investment projects.
This report was written by Eulalia Rubio, David Rinaldi and Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, respectively senior research fellow ans research fellows at the Jacques Delors Institute and foreworded by Enrico Letta, vice-president of the Jacques Delors Institute, analyses the strengths and weaknesses of the Juncker Plan.
See the report
The European Commission proposed an amendment to EU prudential rules, known as Solvency II, as part of the CMU Action Plan launched on 30 September 2015. This amendment to a delegated act under Solvency II was published today in the Official Journal and enters into force tomorrow, 2 April 2016.
Investment in infrastructure projects is essential to support economic activity and growth in Europe. By removing the challenge to investment experienced by insurance companies, the measures coming into force today will mobilise private sector investment, which is a key objective of the Investment Plan for Europe. The insurance industry is well-equipped to provide long-term finance by investing in equity shares as well as loans of infrastructure projects, but currently less than 1% of their total assets are allocated for this purpose. As a result of this change to Solvency II, insurers will have to allocate less capital and find it more attractive to increase investment and play a bigger role in European infrastructure projects.
Jonathan Hill, Commissioner for Financial Services, Financial Stability and Capital Markets Union, said: “One of the goals of the CMU is to promote growth and jobs by knocking down barriers to investment. Insurers told us that some of the Solvency II rules were putting them off investing in infrastructure. We have listened to what they said – as from today they will find it easier and more attractive to invest in European infrastructure projects. I hope they will take advantage of this change.”
On March 21st, the Long-Term Investment and Reindustrialisation Intergroup of the European Parliament held a conference dedicated to the long term financing of digital network infrastructures in the European Union, in the presence of more than 200 participants, including Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), officials from the European Commission and Permanent Representations of Member States, as well as journalists and representatives of the civil society, in particular from the digital sector. The conference documents, including the minutes, can be downloaded below.
Download the minutes of the conference
Download the agenda
Download the biography of the speakers
Download the list of participants
Materials of the partners :
Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations Presentation
ARCEP strategic review
ECTA Press release
ETNO speaking points
Citigroup : Impact of digital revolution on telecom business models
Citigroup : Infrastructure-light & digital service-centered future of emerging markets telecoms
FFTH 2017 event
Ringaskiddy Port Redevelopment project, Ireland
The Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank approved EUR 4.7 billion of new loans for twenty-five projects across Europe and around the world. More than half of the new long-term loans, expected to be signed in the coming months, will improve access to finance by small business in Italy, Spain, Finland, Egypt and Lebanon.
The EIB also approved new financing for the first European industrial plant to recycle and re-melt aviation-grade scrap titanium metal and titanium alloys that will prevent the need to export titanium for recycling outside of Europe; support to expand modernised milk production activities in Normandy; and reinforcement of the transmission network serving the north of Scotland to connect future wind, wave and tidal generation sites to the onshore transmission network.