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European Public Banks and their Development Role: Interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the past, present and future of European development finance.

 

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 of the University of Luxembourg, The University of Manchester, and The University of Padova

 

Date: July 21st and 22nd July 2022

21st July 2022

 

08.45 – 09.00 Welcome and registration

 

09.00 – 09.15: Opening and Introduction: Lucia Coppolaro (University of Padova), Helen Kavvadia (University of Luxembourg), Stuart Shields (University of Manchester)

 

09.15 – 10.45: Session 1 – The emergence of European development banks: challenges and historical evolution

 

Chair: Lucia Coppolaro (University of Padova)

 

  • Filippo Sbrana (University for Foreigners of Perugia) - Istituto Mobiliare Italiano and Italy’s economic relations with developing countries (1953-1972);

 

  • Bernard Gordon (London School of Economics) -The impact of Britain’s entry in the Community on EIB’s external development aid mandates (1973-1983);

 

  • João Paiva-Silva (University of Lisbon) - The workings and challenges of development finance institutions: the case of the Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG);

 

Discussant: Giandomenico Piluso (University of Turin)

10.45 – 11.00: Coffee break

11.00 – 12.30: Session 2 – Team Europe development banking in and beyond the EU

 Chair: Benedikt Erforth (Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik)

 

  • Judith Clifton, Daniel Díaz-Fuentes and Ana Lara Gómez (University of Cantabria) - Agency loss in Central and Eastern Europe? Explaining EIB and EBRD lending activity from 1991 to 2018;

 

  • Stuart Shields (University of Manchester) - Transition to Transition: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the neoliberalisation of the European periphery;

 

  • Lama Tawakkol (Queens University) - Development Banks, Host States and the Monetization of Refugee Governance: the case of EBRD;

 

Discussant: Karina Jedrzejowska (University of Warsaw)

 

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch

 

14.00 – 15.30: Keynote speech: Thomas Marois (SOAS, University of London) – What’s Dynamic about Public Development Banks? The future of financing green and just development.

 

15.30 – 15.45 Coffee break

 

15.45 – 17.00 Session 3 – The European Investment Bank (EIB) as development actor within the EU setting

 

Chair: Bernhard Reinsberg (University of Glasgow)

 

  • David Howarth (University of Luxembourg) and Dermot Hodson (Birkbeck College, University of London) – ‘Team Europe’ or the Battle of the Banks: Explaining the Evolution of Pan-European Development Finance;

 

  • Anissa Bougrea (Ghent University) - The role of the EIB in the implementation of EU development policy: A comparative analysis of Multi-Annual Indicative Programmes;

 

  • Maria-Luisa Sánchez-Barrueco (Deusto Law School) - The accountability of blending and financial instruments under a European Financial Architecture for Development;

 

Discussant: Ana Lara Gómez (University of Cantabria)

 

17.00  End of the day drinks !

 

22nd July 2022

 

09.15 – 10.45 Session 4 – Current issues in European development banking

 

Chair: Helen Kavvadia (University of Luxembourg)

 

  • Simon Lightfoot (University of Leeds) - “Leveraging” private sector money for climate change: the role of Canadian and UK Development finance institutions;

 

  • Andrea Prontera (University of Macerata) and Rainer Quitzow Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies) - Catalytic Power Europe: Blended Finance as Political Tool in European External Action;

 

  • Christoph Scherrer (University of Kassel) - Mission Creep of Public Banks: Causes and Remedies;

 

Discussant: Daniel Mertens (University of Osnabrück)

 

10.45 – 11.00: Coffee break

 

11.00 –12.30: Session 5 – Towards greening the European public development actors

 

Chair: Stuart Shields (University of Manchester)

 

  • Olga Mikheeva (University College London) - European state investment banks and the ‘state-led investment function;

 

  • Paula Haufe (University of Witten/Herdecke) European Climate Finance - Towards sustainable transformation or reinforcing global hierarchies?

 

  • John Szabo (Central European University) and András Deák (National University of Public Service in Hungary) - European Public Banks in the Balkan Energy Transition

 

Discussant: Simon Lightfoot (University of Leeds)

 

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

 

13.30 – 14.45: Keynote speech: László Andor (Foundation For European Progressive Studies) - The Trinity of European Public Banking: The strategic investment roles of EIB, EBRD and CEB.

 

14.45 – 15.00: Coffee break

 

15.00-15.30: Conclusions, next steps and closure – Lucia Coppolaro, Helen Kavvadia and Stuart Shields.

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