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EIB Annual Economics Conference 2021, jointly organised with OECD, SUERF and Columbia University

Europe: Smart and Green



EIB Investment Report 2020/2021:
Building a smart and green Europe in the Covid-19

PDF (EN) report

You can access the presentations, publications and videos of the conference here.

Thursday, 21 January 2021
13:30 Online connection
14:00 Opening remarks

Werner Hoyer, President, European Investment Bank

14:15 Europe Smart and Green – highlights of the 2020-2021 EIB Investment Report

Debora Revoltella, Chief Economist, European Investment Bank I SUERF

14:45 Panel session I: Post-COVID – adapting to a new normal. Short and Long term policy response

Chair: Pedro de Lima, Head of Economic Studies, European Investment Bank

Catherine L. Mann, Global Chief Economist, Citigroup

Reinhilde Veugelers, Professor, KU Leuven and Bruegel

Robert Koopman, Chief Economist, World Trade Organisation

Mario Nava, Director General, Structural Reforms, European Commission

16:15 Coffee break
16:30 Keynote address: How will the COVID-19 pandemic change the world?

Adam Tooze, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History, Director of the European Institute, Columbia University

17:00 Panel session II: Policy roundtable debate: EU and country views

Chair: Laurence Boone, Chief Economist, OECD

Pier Carlo Padoan, Chairman, UniCredit Board

Agnès Benassy-Quéré, Chief Economist, DG Trésor, Ministry Economy and Finance, France

Jakob von Weizsäcker, Chief Economist, Federal Ministry of Finance, Germany

Jan Svejnar, Director, Center on Global Economic Governance, SIPA, Columbia University and advisor to the Czech Government

18:00 Policy keynote:

The US, Europe, and China: A Cooperative Framework for a Green and Digital Recover
Jeffrey Sachs, University Professor, Director, Centre for Sustainable Development Columbia University

18:30 Virtual drinks and poster session on www.wonder.me
Friday, 22 January 2021
13:00 Opening remarks

Ricardo Mourinho Félix, Vice President, European Investment Bank

13:15 Panel Session III: Monetary and fiscal policy: supporting the recovery and addressing the twin transition

Chair: Peter Praet, former Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank

Debt risks after the pandemic crisis
Klaus Regling, Managing Director, European Stability Mechanism

Debt risks after the pandemic crisis - speech by Klaus Regling

Vitor Gaspar, Director, Fiscal Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Boris Vujčić, Governor, Croatian National Bank

Sylvie Goulard, Deputy Governor, Bank of France

14:15 Keynote address: Innovation and climate as growth engines

Joseph E. Stiglitz, University Professor, Columbia University, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences 2001

14:45 Coffee break
15:00 Parallel panels
Session A Access to finance and debt versus equity
Chair: Karel Lannoo, Chief Executive, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
Erik Nielsen, Chief Economist, UniCredit
Steven Ongena, Professor, University of Zurich, Swiss Finance Institute, KU Leuven, CEPR
Roger Havenith, Deputy CEO, European Investment Fund
Jean Christophe Laloux, Director General Operations, European Investment Bank

Session B The climate transition: strategies and risks
Chair: Caroline Atkinson, Advisory Board Member, RockCreek
Sergio Nicoletti Altimari, Director General, Macro-Prudential Policy and Financial Stability, European Central Bank
Chris Hurst, Director General, Projects, European Investment Bank
László Varró, Chief Economist, International Energy Agency
Pascal Christory, CIO, AXA

Session C Local governments: coping with COVID-19, digital transformation and climate transition
Chair: Teresa Czerwinska, Vice President, European Investment Bank
Lamia Kamal-Chaoui, Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities, OECD
Femke Halsema, Mayor of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (tbc)
Joaquim Oliveira-Martins, Counsellor, Center for Prospective Studies and International Information (CEPII)

Session D Developing countries: coping with COVID-19, digital transformation and climate transition
Chair: Thomas Östros, Vice President European Investment Bank
Rabah Arezki, Chief Economist, African Development Bank
Jorge Moreira da Silva, Director, Development Co-operation Directorate, OECD
Remi Rioux, CEO, Agence Française de Développement (tbc)
16:00 Coffee break – re-connection to main room
16:15 Keynote address

Odile Renaud-Basso, President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

16:45 Policy Keynote

Challenge, resilience and accountability: the path to transformation
Charles Michel, President of the European Council

"Challenge, resilience and accountability: the path to transformation" - Speech by President Charles Michel

17:15 Closing remarks

Ricardo Mourinho Félix, Vice President, European Investment Bank


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