Interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the past, present and future of the world’s biggest lender.





Venue: University of Luxembourg, Belval Campus,

11, Porte des Sciences, 4366 Esch sur Alzette, Luxembourg

Sponsored by the Robert Schuman Initiative for European Affairs

and the Institute of Political Science at the University of Luxembourg,

and the University of Padova

Date: 10-11 July 2019

10 July 2019

09.00 – 09.15:   Registration

09.15 - 09.45: Welcome and Introduction: David Howarth (Institute of Political Science, University of Luxembourg) and Helen Kavvadia (Institute of Political Science, University of Luxembourg).

09.45 - 11.00: Session 1: Historical insights into the EIB’s operation

Chair: Lucia Coppolaro (University of Padova)

Bernard Gordon  (Sorbonne Université) – From the European Project to European Projects – Sixty years of French presence and influence at the European Investment Bank (1958-2018);

Ilaria Pasotti (Independent researcher and collaborator of Intesa Sanpaolo Group Historical Archives) and Barbara Costa (Head of Intesa Sanpaolo Group Historical Archives) – The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Istituto Mobiliare Italiano (IMI): a neglected relationship in the EIB's activity in Italy (1968-1978);

Donatella Strangio (Universita Roma La Sapienza) and PaoloTedeschi (Milan Bicocca University) – Developing the Mediterranean Europe: The EIB and the financing of Italy and Greece (1960s-1970s);

Discussant: Eric Bussiére (Sorbonne Université)

11.00 - 11.15: Coffee break

11.15 - 12.45: Session 2: EIB impact in European regions

Chair: René Leboutte (University of Luxembourg)

Zareh Asatryan (ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research) and Annika Havlik (ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research) – The Political Economy of Multilateral Lending to European Regions;

Andrzej Jakubowski (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin) – The impact of the European Investment Bank loans on regional economic growth and cohesion in the European Union;

6.         Moritz Liebe (University of Trier) and David Howarth (University of Luxembourg) - The European Investment Bank as policy entrepreneur and the promotion of Public-Private Partnerships; 

Discussant: Paolo Tedeschi (Università di Milano Bicocca-DEMS)

13.00 - 14.15: Lunch

14.15 - 15.45: Session 3: Insights into EIB decision-making

Chair:  Joachim Schild (University of Trier)

Dan Beizsley (Utrecht University/Eötvös Loránd University) – A critical appraisal? Identifying weaknesses in the EIB project assessment phase;

Mateu Turró (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) – The European Investment Bank as a major player in EU urban policy;

Eugene Chao (The Wharton Business School) and Vukan R, Vuchic (University of Pennsylvania) – Quo Vadis: Infrastructure Investment - A Return to the Imperative Action;

Discussant: Stephany Griffith Jones (Columbia University)

5.45 - 16.15: Coffee break

16.15 - 17.45: Session 4: Assessing EIB efforts to counter the recent economic crisis 

Chair: David Howarth (University of Luxembourg)

Stephany Griffith-Jones (Columbia University) and Natalya Naqvi (The London School of Economics) – The Juncker Plan (EFSI) and the EIB; assessing achievements and limitations;

Loredana Federico (UniCredit Research) – What has the “Juncker Plan” achieved?

Emanuela Pistoia (University of Teramo)  – Supporting the development of the internal market at the peak of the crisis. Legal challenges in the role of the EIB;  

Discussant:  Eric Perée (The European Investment Bank)   

19.00: Dinner 

11 July 2019

09.15 - 11.00: Session 5: The Political Economy of EIB action

Chair: Robert Harmsen (University of Luxembourg)

Dora Piroska (Corvinus University of Budapest) – Contrasting EIB and EBRD’s role in post-accession Eastern Europe;

Stuart Shields (University of Manchester) – Never waste a crisis: The European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European Bank Coordination Initiative;

Daniel Mertens (Goethe University of Frankfurt) and Matthias Thiemann (Sciences Po) – The post-crisis ascent and growing politicisation of the European Investment Bank;

Discussant: Alexander Kentikelenis (Bocconi University)

11.00 - 11.15: Coffee break

11.15 - 12.15:  Conclusions by discussants: Eric Bussiére, Paolo Tedeschi, Eric Perée, David Howarth, and

closure by Lucia Coppolaro and Helen Kavvadia

13.00 - 15.00: EIB visit and Lunch 

16.00 – 17.00: Optional guided tour at the EIB art collection.



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