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What priorities to foster investment in the EU given high indebtedness and lasting low interest rate

Day 3 Morning

Friday 16 April

Track :



Markus Ferber
MEP, ECON Committee - European Parliament
Public Authorities
Declan Costello
Deputy Director-General, DG ECFIN - European Commission
Mārtiņš Kazāks
Governor - Bank of Latvia
Mahmood Pradhan
Deputy Director, European Department - International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Boris Vujčić
Governor - Croatian National Bank
Industry Representatives
Sylvain Broyer
Chief Economist EMEA, Fixed Income Analytics - S&P Global Ratings Europe Ltd.
Pierre Heilbronn
Vice President, Policy and Partnerships - European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Cyril Roux
Deputy Chief Executive Officer - Groupama
Laurent Zylberberg
Director of Public, International and European Affairs - Caisse des Dépôts (CDC)


The objective of this session is to identify the main the reasons why the level of productive investment has been lower in Europe for several years compared to other parts of the world (United States, China, Japan), and in particular why productive investment has been more affected by the Covid crisis in Europe and is slower to recover than in other regions of the world. Then, speakers will be invited to express their views on the EU and national priority actions to relaunch productive investment in Europe.

Points of discussion

  1. How can we explain the low level of investment in Europe for several years -particularly in comparison with the US, China and Japan, at a time when savings in EU countries are particularly abundant and needs have never been greater – energy and environmental transition, the development and 
  2. What are the priority actions required to relaunch productive investment in Europe?