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    As part of its ongoing dialogue with civil society, the European Investment Bank will hold its Spring 2008 Workshop for CSOs in Brussels on Monday the 30th of June.

    EIB-CSO Workhops bring together CSO delegates, specialized EIB staff, and Members of the Bank’s Board of Directors and Management Committee to discuss topics of common interest. Observers from other EU and international financing institutions also participate. The Spring 2008 Workshop in Brussels will be chaired by EIB Vice-President Philippe de Fontaine Vive.

    Provisional programme

    Time Programme
    09:00 Welcome and short introduction by EIB Vice-President Philippe de Fontaine Vive
    09:10 Address by Tony Long, Director of WWF EPO
    09:20 Mainstreaming adaptation into EIB activities

    "How to factor in adaptation and climate risk management into EIB operations and establish adaptation as an area of intervention alongside mitigation".

    • Dr Stephan Singer, Head of Climate & Energy Europe at WWF EPO
    • Andrea Pinna, EIB Projects Directorate
    • Katerina Husova, Centre for Transport and Energy/CEE Bankwatch Network
    10:05 Discussion
    11:00 Coffee Break
    11:20 Footprinting at the EIB

    "Ecological footprint: a key tool for future management".

    • Geoffroy de Schutter, Program Director at WWF Belgium
    • Andrea Pinna, Climate Change Specialist, EIB Projects Department
    • Natalia Alonso, Deputy Director, Amnesty International, EU Office
    12:00 Discussion
    13:00 Wrap up by the Chairman
    13:30 Lunch (buffet)

    The Workshop’s working language will be English. EIB and CSOs together set the programme for the Workshop.

    Preliminary Suggestions

    The provisional programme will include two sessions introduced by EIB and CSO speakers, followed by discussion. Indicative topics:

    • Mainstreaming adaptation into EIB activities;
    • Footprinting at the EIB.

    Interested CSOs are invited to comment or suggest other environmental and social topics:

    • broad (horizontal/regional) items for the programme;
    • local/project-related topics for informal side meetings with EIB staff members, organised on request.