The first meeting of the EIB Institute Knowledge Programme succeeding the University Research Action Programme took place on 24 January 2013 at the EIB’s headquarters in Luxembourg. 

Participants came from University of Stirling (UK), RWTH Aachen (DE), Université du Luxembourg (LU), University of Milan (IT), Technical University of Lisbon (PT), Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (FR), KU Leuven (BE), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ES), as well as from two networks (UNIMED and C.R.E.D.I.T.) and from the European Regional Science Association (ERSA).

The meeting provided an opportunity to share with the participants the various activities that the programme is currently financing. This year’s topics included “Technology assessment and the acceleration of innovation”, “The history of infrastructure financing”, “SMEs”, “Measuring impact beyond return”, “Environment”, “Cost benefit analysis of research and development projects”, and “Microcredit”, to mention but a few.

Three seminars were held on research grants (EIBURS) funded by the programme: (i) “Urban Development Funds in Europe: Opportunities, Structures, Operations” (presentation by Prof. Wolfgang Breuer and Dominique Schaeling, Aachen University); (ii) “Market-Based Environmental Policy and Ecosystem Services Delivery” (presentation by Frans De Vries, University of Stirling); and (iii) “The Diffusion of Public e-Services in Europe” (presentation by Prof. Antonello Zanfei, University of Urbino).

The list of participants, the programme of the day and a video of the event are now available.

Speakers’ presentations


General Overview of the Programme, by Luisa Ferreira, Head of Knowledge Programme, EIB Institute

Disbursement and Reporting Procedures, by Rosa Mendoza, Secretariat, EIB Institute


The CREDIT Network, by Domenico Sartore from Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia

ERSA, by Richard Kelly from European Regional Science Association

UNIMED, by Marcello Scalisi, UNIMED


Financial and Economical Valuation of Environmental Impacts, by Frans de Vries from University of Stirling

Development of Public e-Services in Europe, by Antonello Zanfei from the Università degli Studi di Urbino

Urban Development Funds in Europe in Europe, by Wolfgang Breur from RWTH Aachen

The Economic Impact of Law: An Economic Assessment of the Impact of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive, by Nuno Cruz from TU Lisbon

The History of European Infrastructure Finance, by Marcella Lorenzini from the Università degli Studi di Mialno

Benchmarking European SME Credit Performance, by Dimitra Michala from Université du Luxembourg

Analysis of Investment Needs in Infrastructure Sectors, by Stef Proost from KU Leuven

European IP Regimes and their Impact on Technology / IP Finance, by Federico Munari from the Università di Bologna

The Rising of Credit Risk in Microcredit, by Marc Labie from Université de Mons

Measuring Impact Beyond Financial Return, by Andrea Colantonio from London School of Economics and Political Science

Cost-Benefit Analysis in the Research, Development and Innovation Sector, by Massimo Florio from the Università degli Studi di Milano


Road Infrastructure Design for Optimizing Sustainability, by Paola Bueno from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Land Value Finance as a Tool to Diminish Municipality Bond Risk, by Gianni Carbonaro from the EIB on behalf of Luca Cocconcelli from University College London