Seminars and conferences 2016

The Institute organises regular seminars and conferences to encourage knowledge dissemination and innovative thinking about issues of particular concern to the EIB Group. These serve both to help staff in their work and inform the general public.

    • Shocking aspects of monetary union

      The crisis initiated in 2007-2008 has highlighted the sub-optimal nature of the Eurozone as an optimal currency area (OCA), says Bernard Fingleton, Director of research in the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, and laureate of the EIB-ERSA (European Regional Science Association) Prize 2016.

    • Shareholder vs. stakeholder: How is governance culture changing in Europe?

      Should firms focus more on their shareholders, who own them, or on their stakeholders? What is the state of play in Europe? What have been the recent evolution?

      Paola Schwizer, Professor at SDA Bocconi School of Management, Banking and Insurance Department, answered these questions at an EIB Institute seminar held with Luxembourg Bocconi’s alumni association on November 9, 2016.

    • The ecological transition and how to initiate it

      A decoupling between economic growth and energy consumption is absolutely necessary if the world is to survive, says Gael Giraud, AFD Chief Economist.

    • Why public investment in research and innovation can foster economic recovery

      The Investment Plan for Europe aims at fostering investment to trigger income and employment growth in a slowly recovering European economy. But which investments are more likely to mobilize private resources?
      Two Italian economists, Daniele Archibugi and Andrea Filippetti, argue that not all public investment has the same multiplying effects and that investing in areas of growing technological opportunities is likely to have greater impact than in traditional sectors.

    • How to evaluate large-scale RDI infrastructure?

      Research, development and innovation (RDI) infrastructure requires considerable investment and long-term planning. But evaluating the socio-economic value of often large and complex RDI facilities is a challenging and costly process. Professor Massimo Florio (University of Milan) has solutions and examples.

    • A history of infrastructure finance

      Infrastructure finance has a very long history. Building upon an EIBURS research project (The history of European infrastructure finance, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany), he supervised, Hugh Goldsmith (EIB) tells us what can be learned.

      Hugh Goldsmith, who directed an EIBURS research project (The history of European infrastructure finance, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany), tells about

    • Crowdfunding: an alternative source of financing

      Two experts from the European Crowdfunding Network (ECN), Coenraad de Vries, Board Member, and Oliver Gajda, Secretary General, explain how this internet-based funding mechanism is changing the market mechanisms.

    • Capital Markets Union: where do we stand?

      Steven Maijoor, Chairman of the European Securities Markets Authority (ESMA), presents the current state of play following the action plan launched by the European Commission to make capital markets deeper and more integrated so that Europe relies less on banks for financing the economy.

    • Government quality and white elephants in European regions

      Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose from the London School of Economics presents a study demonstrating the link between the quality of regional government and the economic returns of local road infrastructure investments.

    • Viviane Reding:”Gender equality is a question of society”

      “Gender equality is not an academic debate but a question of society”, says Viviane Reding, Member of the European Parliament and former European Commissioner.