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    The Permanent Representation of the EIB in Brussels organises Lunch Dialogues, informative and interactive discussions on topical issues. The dialogues provide first-hand knowledge and expertise from the participating organisations to Brussels-based stakeholders.

    Lunch Dialogues begin at 1pm followed by a discussion and a Q&A session with the audience. 

    Upcoming dialogues

    More dialogues coming soon.

    Past dialogues

    Catch up with any dialogues you may have missed. Videos of the dialogues are available.

    Monday, 19  September 2022

    Welcome remarks:

    • Mr Kim Jørgensen, Permanent Representative in Brussels, European Investment Bank

    Speakers:

    • Mr Alexandr Hobza, Chief Economist, Head of Unit, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
    • Mr Yann Ménière, Chief Economist, European Patent Office
    • Mrs Désirée Rückert, Economist, European Investment Bank

    Moderator:

    • Mr Oliver Cusworth, Senior Policy Officer, Permanent Representation in Brussels, European Investment Bank

    Watch the recording here.

    Further resources:

    Tuesday, 28 June 2022

    Measuring the biodiversity footprint of a project is an important step to identify bankable biodiversity projects and to develop a pipeline of viable investment projects.
    Based on the experience gained by the EIB and CDC Biodiversity, the aim of this online dialogue is to discuss the kind of criteria and indicators are needed to identify and screen projects in order to minimize their biodiversity footprint, how to make biodiversity projects bankable and how the public and private sector could join forces to accelerate investments for biodiversity conservation and nature-based solutions for climate adaptation and resilience.
    Speakers:

    • Mr Marc Abadie, CEO, Caisse des Dépôts, CDC Biodiversité
    • Mr Humberto Delgado Rosa, Director, Biodiversity, DG ENV, European Commission
    • Mrs Eva Mayerhofer, Head of Unit, Environmental Policy, European Investment Bank

    Moderator:

    • Mrs Sophie Barbier, Director, European Affairs Division, Caisse des Dépôts

    Watch the recording here.

     

    Thursday, 3 March

    Global health is among the priority areas for further deepening the integration between Europe and Africa. Addressing the current pandemic requires the acceleration of global vaccination, fairly and fully distributed at an affordable price, strengthening of healthcare resilience in partner countries and development of vaccines and medicines production in Africa for Africa.

    In the context of the Covid-19 crisis, the EU and Africa have launched different initiatives to strengthen pandemic and other health emergencies prevention, preparedness, and response (PPR) in line with International Health Regulations.

    Through the Team Europe approach, the EU and its Member States have contributed over EUR 3 billion to COVAX and have pledged EUR 100 million to support vaccine deployment in Africa. As part of Team Europe, the EIB provided EUR 400 million in December 2020, and following disbursement thereof, a further EUR 200 million in November 2021 to COVAX. In addition, EIB has been able, thanks to its in-house expertise in the health sector, to support the increase in the production capacities and accessibility of health products and technologies in Africa.

    In the light of the increased role of the EU and of the EIB to support Africa health systems, the aim of this Lunch Dialogue is to investigate how to further strengthen the resilience of the health systems in Africa and to enhance their pandemic preparedness, prevention and response capacity.

    Speakers:

    • Gabriella Fesus - Head of the Social Inclusion and Protection, Health and Demography, DG International Partnership, European Commission
    • Aparajita Ramakrishnan - Deputy Director, Donor Government Relations, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
    • Noëlla Bigirimana - Deputy Director General of the Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC)
    • Richard Amor - Head of Corporate Lending, Global Partners Department, European Investment Bank

    Moderator:

    •  Clare Denvir, Senior Policy Officer, Permanent Representation in Brussels, European Invesment Bank

    Watch the recording here.

    Monday, 14 March

    The semiconductor industry is a key industry for Europe to achieve digital sovereignty and therefore Europe needs to match the manufacturing investment support seen by its geopolitical rivals.

    But even established actors operating in this sector face substantial risk because, apart from pronounced market cycles, cost of individual production plants are very big and depreciation is rapid due to technological obsolescence.

    Policy makers are aiming at structural change for the European semiconductor industry. The Chips Act, recently adopted by the European Commission, seeks to enhance the international competitiveness of European industry and mobilize resources for investment in additional manufacturing capacity.

    Will subsidies alone allow Europe to reduce its trade deficit in semiconductors? Most likely substantial private sector investment will be required as well. But substantial new capacity should come on stream globally during the next few years and the risk of structural overcapacity, for at least a certain period, is growing. It therefore becomes crucial to assure a long-term perspective for investment and appropriate management of financial risks.

    Whichever path is chosen, the required investments in new production capacity in the EU are large, and the EIB can play an instrumental role to facilitate such investments. The Bank's intervention can be justified by its role in promoting innovative investment projects and furthering the international competitiveness of a strategic European industry. This Lunch Dialogue will explore how industry can work with government and financial institutions to balance the opportunities and risks involved.

    Speakers:

    • Lucilla Sioli - Director, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry, DG CNECT, European Commission
    • Giuseppe Notarnicola - Executive Vice President, Treasury, Insurance, M&A, IP BU, Real Estate, and Italy Public Affairs, STMicroelectronics
    • Gert Bergen - Vice President, Strategic Development, IMEC
    • Harald Gruber - Head of Division, Digital Infrastructure, European Investment Bank

    Moderator: 

    • Oliver Cusworth - Policy Advisor, Permanent Representation in Brussels, European Investment Bank

    Watch the recording here.