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Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

In cooperation with

The 2019 edition of EIB’s annual high-level conference is organised by the EIB in cooperation with Columbia University, OECD and SUERF − The European Money and Finance Forum. The conference is held under the Chatham House Rule and will focus on the ongoing challenges facing Europe against the backdrop of the current European policy agenda; participation is by invitation only.

EIB Investment Report 2019/2020: Accelerating Europe”s transformation

EIB Investment Report 2019/2020 – Key Findings: Accelerating Europe”s transformation


Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Registration and Welcome Coffee
Panel Session I - Investment in Europe

Presentation of the key results of the EIB 2019-2020 Investment Report

Chair: Debora Revoltella, Chief Economist, EIB
Pier Carlo Padoan, former Minister of Finance, Italy
Daniel Gros, Director, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
Vítor Gaspar, Director, Fiscal Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Jonathan Haskel, Professor of Economics, Imperial College Business School
Keynote speech
Philippe Aghion, Professor of Economics, Collège de France and London School of Economics
Coffee Break
Panel Session II - Investment finance in Europe
Chair: Laurence Boone, Chief Economist, OECD
Catherine Mann, Global Chief Economist, Citigroup
Boris Vujcic, Governor, Croatian Central Bank
Peter Praet, former Member of the Board, European Central Bank
Jordi Gual, Chairman, CaixaBank
First day stock-taking
Ambroise Fayolle, Vice-President, European Investment Bank
Speakers dinner (by invitation only)
Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Welcome Coffee
Opening Remarks
Werner Hoyer, President, EIB
Keynote Address
Christopher Pissarides, Nobel Prize winner in Economic Sciences 2010, Regius Professor of Economics, London School of Economics

Q&A session

Fireside policy chat
Moderator: Andrew McDowell, Vice President, EIB
Philip Lane, Board Member, European Central Bank (ECB)
Klaus Regling, Managing Director, European Stability Mechanism (ESM)
Q&A session
Coffee Break
Parallel Sessions
Session A1: Competitiveness and competition in times of disruptive technological change – do we have to fear the “winners take it all?”
Chair: Reinhilde Veugelers, Professor of Managerial Economics, Department of Management, Strategy and Innovation, KU Leuven
Ufuk Akcigit, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Chicago
Jan de Loecker, Professor of Economics, KU Leuven
Bart van Ark, Executive Vice President and Chief Economist, The Conference Board
Session B1: Skills and policies? Ex ante vs ex post inclusiveness
Chair: Jan Svejnar, Director of the Centre on Global Economic Governance, Columbia University
Stefano Scarpetta, Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD
Yann Algan, Professor of Economics, Sciences PO and Dean of School of Public Affairs
Jeong-pyo Choi, President, Korea Development Institute (tbc)
Session C1: Finance for innovation and intangibles
Chair: Pedro de Lima, Head of Economic Studies, EIB
Gilles Moëc, Group Chief Economist, AXA
Olivier Khayat, Co-CEO Commercial Banking Western Europe, Unicredit
Jean-Christophe Laloux, Director General, Head of Operations, EIB
Jon Frost, Senior Economist, BIS
Lunch Break
Parallel Sessions
Session A2: Firms dynamism – start-up, scaling up, diffusion of innovation and reallocation of resources
Chair: Reinhilde Veugelers, KU Leuven
Giuseppe Nicoletti, Head of Division on Structural Policy Analysis, OECD
Eric Bartelsmann, Professor of Economics, Vrije Universiteit (VU)
Jonathan Haskel, Professor of Economics, Imperial College Business School (tbc)
Roger Havenith, General manager, European Invesrtment Fund (EIF)

Session B2: Technological and climate change
Chair: Jan Svejnar, Columbia University
Pantelis Capros, Professor of Energy Economics and Operational Research, National Technical University of Athens
László Varró, Chief Economist, International Energy Agency
Gunnar Muent, Deputy Director General, Projects Department, EIB

Section C2: Technological change and the government sector
Chair: Pedro de Lima,  EIB
Dirk Pilat, Deputy Director for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD
Christopher Ferguson, Director National, International & Research group, UK Government Digital Service
Coffee Break
Keynote speech: The public sector: market fixing or market shaping?
Mariana Mazzucato, Professor of Innovation and Public Value, University College London, Director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose
Panel Session III - The EU – striving for competitiveness and inclusion
Chair: Debora Revoltella, Chief Economist, EIB
Jan Svejnar, Director Centre on Global Economic Governance, Columbia University
Robert Koopman, Chief Economist, WTO
Mahmood Pradhan, Deputy Director European Department, IMF
Laurence Boone, Chief Economist, OECD
Beata Javorcik, Chief Economist, EBRD
Policy stocktaking
Marco Buti, Director-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission
Closing Remarks
Tech Fair

Hands-on experience of new technologies & Closing Drinks