Interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the past, present and future of the world’s bigger lender. An event organised with the support of the Robert Schuman Initiative, the Institute of Political Science at the University of Luxembourg and the University of Padova.


10 July 2019

09.15 – 09.45: Welcome and Introduction: David Howarth (Institute of Political Science, University of Luxembourg), Herwig Hofmann (Robert Schuman Initiative for European Affairs of the University of Luxembourg) and Helen Kavvadia (Institute of Political Science, University of Luxembourg)

09.45 – 11.00: Session 1

Chair: Lucia Coppolaro (University of Padova)

  1. 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);
  2. 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);
  3. Donatella Strangio (Universita Roma La Sapienza) & 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

Chair: René Leboutte (University of Luxembourg)

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Elena Danescu (University of Luxembourg) – From financial and monetary innovation to EMU: the EIB in the Luxembourg ecosystem;

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

13.00 – 14.15:Lunch

14.15 – 15.45:Session 3

Chair: Joachim Schild (University of Trier)

  1. Dan Beizsley (Utrecht University/Eötvös Loránd University) – A critical appraisal? Identifying weaknesses in the EIB project assessment phase
  2. Mateu Turró (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) – The European Investment Bank as a major player in EU urban policy
  3. 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

Chair: David Howarth (University of Luxembourg)

  1. Stephany Griffith-Jones (Columbia University) and Natalya Naqvi (The London School of Economics) – The Juncker Plan (EFSI) and the EIB; assessing achievements and limitations;
  2. Loredana Federico (UniCredit Research) – What has the “Juncker Plan” achieved?
  3. 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;
  4. Giorgio Oikonomou (University of Peloponissos) – European integration through subnational mobilization: The impact of the European Investment Bank on regional and local development across the European Union;

Discussant: Eric Perée (The European Investment Bank)

19.00: Dinner at Dimmi Si restaurant, 12 Avenue du Rock’n’Roll, 4361 Esch-sur-Alzette

11 July 2019

09.15 – 11.00: Session 5

Chair: Robert Harmsen (University of Luxembourg)

  1. Dora Piroska ( Corvinus University of Budapest) – Contrasting EIB and EBRD’s role in post-accession Eastern Europe;
  2. 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;
  3. 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 – 13.00: Conclusions by discussants: Eric Bussiére, Paolo Tedeschi, Eric Perée, David Howarth, and closure by Lucia Coppolaro and Helen Kavvadia;

13.00 – 15.00: Lunch

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


Maison des Sciences Humaines, University of Luxembourg, Belval Campus,

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

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