ONLINE EVENT 1 JULY | 15:30–16:30 CET


Investing in the Future of Europe

The EU’s plan for recovery and long-term resilience

In response to COVID and its adverse effects, various financial instruments are being put in place by the EU (ECB, EIB, MFF, ESM etc) to shield the European economy of the effects of the pandemic. Europe depends on a strong financial system that can guarantee a stable currency and foster economic growth, now more than ever. 2020 presents a decisive year for many reasons, as the EU’s strength is put to the test with COVID-19.

Protecting Europe’s economic stability from a historic global pandemic presents several unique and challenging questions. This panel discussion, composed of representatives from the European Investment Bank and the European Institutions will tackle the following: How can new investments be future-proof and geared to deliver the EU’s long-term objectives, as well cushion Europe from the economic effects of the pandemic? How can the EU further enhance its financial tools to channel resources in the short- and long-run to make European societies and economies to thrive? How can the EU’s tools be strengthened so they can support sustainable development, foster innovation and investment, and create jobs over the coming years?


Luc Tholoniat

Principal Adviser, Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission

Thomas Östros

Vice President
of the European
Investment Bank

Valérie Hayer

MEP, member of the EP’s negotiating team for the next long-term EU budget and Own Resources reform

Joe Lynam

BBC journalist
and presenter




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