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Opening and welcome –  14.30 – 14.45

Lucia Coppolaro (University of Padova) and Helen Kavvadia (University of Luxembourg)


Section 1 – 14.45-16.15

Chair: Francesco Petrini (University of Padova)

Discussants: Marco Bertilorenzi (University of Padova) and  Carlo Spagnolo (University of  Bari)


Crossing the Alps to create the new Europe: the European Investment Bank and the financing projects concerning Alpine infrastructures (1960s and 1970s)

Donatella Strangio (Sapienza University of Rome) – Paolo Tedeschi (University of Milan-Bicocca)


EIB's action in Southern Italy: the shaping of an industrial development model

Serena Casu (University of Rome “Tor Vergata”)

The EIB’s intervention model in Southern Italy (1958-1973)

Antonio Bonatesta (University of Padova)

Break – 16.15-16.30


Section 2 – 16.30-17.30

Chair: Helen Kavvadia (University of Luxembourg)

Discussant: Francesco Petrini (University of Padova) 


The European Investment Bank and Italy’s Mediobanca. Glimpses of public-private capital collaboration in the Bretton Woods era, 1944-1971

Giovanni Farese (European University of Rome)

Complaining but refraining: Italy, Germany and the setting of the EIB lending policy (1958-1973)

Lucia Coppolaro (Università di Padova)


Conclusions – 17.30-17.45

Eric Bussière (Université Paris IV-Sorbonne) and Carlo Spagnolo (University of  Bari)

Organizers                                                                   Discussants

Lucia Coppolaro (University of Padova)                    Marco Bertilorenzi (University of Padova)

Helen Kavvadia (University of Luxembourg)             Eric Bussière (Université Paris IV-Sorbonne)

Francesco Petrini (University of Padova)                    Helen Kavvadia (University of Luxembourg)

                                                                                       Francesco Petrini (University of Padova)

                                                                                       Carlo Spagnolo (University of  Bari)


Workshop: “Italy and the European Investment Bank" University of Padova
10 December 2020




Padova 10 December 2020

The Workshop “Italy and the European Investment Bank" will take place on 10 December 2020.  The Workshop aims at analysing the role and policy of the EIB in Italy. It will be hosted by the Department of Political Science, Law and International Studies of the University of Padova in cooperation with the Institute of Political Science and the Robert Schuman Initiative for European Affairs of the University of Luxembourg. The Workshop will take place remotely due to the Covid-19 measures. 


The Workshop is the second leg of the Conference “Analysing the European Investment Bank: interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the past, present and future of the world’s biggest lender”, which took place at the University of Luxembourg on 10-11 July 2019. The Conference had been attended by 25 prominent scholars from top universities in 9 EU countries and the USA, with well-known track records on European Investment Bank (EIB) research. The works presented examined the EIB from different backgrounds such as economy, history, law and political science.


The Workshop focuses on EIB activity in Italy, as one of the bank’s founding shareholders, one of its prime beneficiary countries and a decisive contributor in the bank’s evolution from an institutional and organizational perspective. The organisation of a specific event dedicated to Italy was deemed necessary as a result of the large number of proposals received on the topic following the Call for Papers for the first Conference issued in 2018.


The Workshop provides the opportunity for an in depth academic discussion.  The organisers will seek to publish the papers presented in Padova as a special issue of an international journal.


Lucia Coppolaro, Associate Professor of International History, University of Padova, email:

Helen Kavvadia, Researcher in Residence, Institute of Political Science, University of Luxembourg, email:

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