On 26 November, the European Investment Bank, the EU’s financing institution, is holding a conference entitled “The EIB – Partner to Towns and Municipalities” in the Historic Hall on the Bockenheim Campus of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt.

The German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu) estimates that the investment needs of municipalities across the country amount to some EUR 47 billion a year. The municipalities’ additional loss of revenue in the current crisis makes the need for innovative and sustainable financing models even greater. The event will look at the traditional and innovative financing sources that are available at regional, national and European level and identify the areas in which the EIB can be an active partner to municipalities.

The conference will focus on the financing and implementation of urban development, transport, education, energy efficiency, water and waste management projects.

Speakers will include:

  • Jörg Asmussen, Secretary of State, German Finance Ministry
  • Dr. Matthias Kollatz-Ahnen, Vice-President, European Investment Bank
  • Dr. Axel Nawrath, Member of the Board, KfW
  • Petra Roth, President of the German Association of Cities and Mayor of Frankfurt am Main

The conference is aimed at political, administrative and financial decision-makers. It will begin at 2 pm and end at around 6 pm. The EIB will then host a reception for the participants so that they can continue their discussions in an informal atmosphere.

The conference programme is available at www.eib.org/events. Participation is free of charge.

For further information and registration please contact Ms Hellen Meijer, tel.: +352/4379-83342; fax: +352/4379-61000; email: events@eib.org.