Boosting Investments in the EU through Financial Instruments and Technical Assistance in times of Crisis
Lessons Learned from the European Court of Auditors' (ECA) Reports
The conference took place online on Thursday 15th October, from 09:30 to 15:30.
There were four sessions of presentations followed by panels to discuss the following topics:
The Benefits of Technical Assistance in Europe - click to watch video recording
Priorities and Geographical Balance for Technical Assistance - click to watch video recording
Crowding-Out: Is the EIB crowding out private market finance? - click to watch video recording
Future Challenges for Technical Assistance and InvestEU after the Crisis - click to watch video recording
Boosting Investments in times of Crisis
In November 2014, the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) launched the Investment Plan for Europe (IPE) in response to the decline in investment in Europe since the start of the financial and economic crisis in 2008. The IPE was made up of three “pillars":
(i) The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), providing finance for investment supported by an EU budgetary guarantee,
(ii) The European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH), providing technical assistance to both private and public project promoters, and the European Investment Project Portal (EIPP) - an online platform to help EU-based project promoters find investors
(iii) Measures to remove barriers to investment across Europe and improve investment conditions in Europe
Further measures to boost investment will play a key role in the future of Europe in the aftermath of the current crisis.
Why Technical Assistance is Crucial for Boosting Investments
Lessons Learned from ECA Reports:
Technical Assistance aims at increasing the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of investment activities. This is achieved by providing advisory support to enhance the capacity of promoters and financial intermediaries with financing and investment operations at all stages of an investment project.
ECA has published numerous reports on this topic, which will feature as starting point for discussions among experts at this conference: