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How to foster investment in the green and digital transitions in the current EU macroeconomic context and geopolitical uncertainty (Russia-Ukraine war)?

Day 2 Morning

Thursday 08 September

Room :



Harald Waiglein
Director General for Economic Policy, Financial Markets and Customs Duties Directorate, Member of the Board of Directors, European Stability Mechanism - Federal Ministry of Finance, Austria
Public Authorities
Markus Ferber
Member of European Parliament - Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, European Parliament
Gintarė Skaisté
Minister - Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania
Joachim Wuermeling
Member of the Executive Board - Deutsche Bundesbank
Industry Representatives
Joanna Cound
Managing Director, Global Public Policy  - BlackRock
Christian Reuss
Head SIX Swiss Exchange - SIX
Laurent Zylberberg
Director of Public, International and European Affairs - Caisse des Dépôts (CDC)
Other stakeholder & expert
Jean-Jacques Bonnaud
Treasurer Eurofi - EUROFI

Objectives of the session

This session will focus on the evolutions of the current EU regulatory framework required and the complementary financial tools needed to better incentivize long-term investments in the green and digital transition. Then speakers will be invited to express their views on the consequences of increasingly negative real interest rates, the over-indebtedness of some Member States and the resurgence of inflation on investment in the green and digital transitions and address the resulting EU and domestic priority actions.

Points of discussion

  1. Can bank balance sheets be sufficient in Europe to finance the massive investment needs linked to the environmental and digital transformation? What are the complementary financial tools available or needed to finance these issues? How can Europe’s abundant savings be mobilized for this transition?
  2. How can the investment needs in the relation to the EU green and digital transition – estimated by the EU Commission at nearly EUR 650 billion per year until 2030 – be met in the context of negative real interest rates, the over-indebtedness of some Member States and the surging inflation?