HIGH LEVEL CONFERENCE ON BOOSTING INVESTMENTS IN TRANSPORT

European Commissioner for Transport, Ms Violeta Bulc, will invite stakeholders to a high level conference on Boosting Investments in Transport, which will take place on 22 October 2015 in the Thon Hotel EU, rue de la Loi 75 in Brussels.

The conference aims at providing a framework for discussion on removing barriers and attracting private financing into long term transport investments, which constitute the vital basis for the worldwide competitiveness of the European Union, and of the social and territorial cohesion of its Member States.

The event will be attended by stakeholders from the financing sector, institutional long term investors, project promoters, consultancies engaged in transport economics, high level representatives involved in planning and financing of the European and national transport infrastructure and the European Investment Bank, which will play a crucial role in the implementation of the projects' pipeline from the European Fund for Strategic Investments.

The debate will take place in the context of implementing the Trans-European Transport Networks policy of the EU and of its financing and enabling framework - the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The discussion will focus on the European Fund for Strategic Investments and its synergies with the CEF- Transport part, in particular enhancing the projects' financing by means of the financial instruments as well as on the scope of the technical assistance in the preparation of projects.

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After the main sessions of the Conference, additional workshops are organised on dedicated themes related to financing of transport infrastructure projects.

These dedicated workshop sessions aim at providing concrete examples on projects' financing and on how the EU-EIB instruments have been used to promote transport infrastructure.

In addition, adjacent to the Conference, the Commission organises a dedicated event related to possible financing schemes of the European Railway Traffic Management Systems (ERTMS) for track and on-board, which will take place on 23 October in the Albert Borschette Conference Centre in Brussels. Be advised, that if you want to participate in that event, you must register at Financing_ERTMS_workshop@it.pwc.com (two underscores in email)
  • 0815 - 0915

    Registration, coffee

  • 0915 - 1000

    Key note address: Commission and European Investment Bank's actions to boost investments in Transport

    The aim of this session is for the Commission and the European Investment Bank to present their joint vision and actions to boost investments in the transport sector, in infrastructure and equipment

    Invited Mr Jyrki Katainen, Vice President of the European Commission in charge of Employment, Growth, Investments and Competitiveness

    Ms Violeta Bulc, Commissioner in charge of Transport:

    The Commission's Action Plan to unlock the potential of EFSI for the transport sector: building a pipeline, using the Advisory Hub, create platforms

    Dr. Rajiv Sharma, Research Fellow at the Global Projects Center, Stanford University, USA

    Setting the scene: Financing of transport infrastructure by the institutional investors: unlocking potential of private investments in transport

    Mr Pim van Ballekom, Vice- President in charge of Transport, European Investment Bank

    The new role of the European Investment Bank in supporting the transport infrastructure priorities of the European Union

     

  • 1000 - 1130

    Session 1: Private sector's views: Attracting financing into transport projects

    Moderator: Mr Patrice Lefeu, Executive Director Ernst Young France

    The aim of this session is to understand from private investors what they need in order to invest in transport projects to guide the active participation of project promoters, with the view to build a solid long-term investment pipeline.

    Concrete takeaway:
    What makes a transport project "investable" and how to address the risks and barriers related to projects' financing in transport? Specific recommendations by the financial community to increase long term investors’ participation in transport projects

    Panel speakers:
    Mr Thierry Déau - Chief Executive Officer, Meridiam
    Mr Scott Dickens - Head of Structured Capital Markets, HSBC
    Ms Deborah Zurkov - Managing Director, Head of Infrastructure Debt, Allianz Global Investors
    Mr François Tcheng - Deputy General Director Project of Bouygues Constructions – project promoter

    Moderated debate

  • 1130 - 1200

    Coffee Break

  • 1200 - 1330

    Session 2: What synergies can be achieved between the European and national frameworks in financing transport infrastructure projects?

    Moderator: Prof. Carlo Secchi, European Coordinator

    The aim of this session is to understand what synergies can be made using the European framework for financing transport infrastructure with national expertise in closing the PPP projects.

    Concrete takeaway:
    How to blend EU instruments with national expertise in financing PPP projects.
    The role of efficient capacity building in national contexts in closing successful PPP projects.

    Panel speakers :

    Mr Olivier Onidi, Director, European Commission

    European enabling frameworks for financing of the transport infrastructure

    Mr Brian Murphy - Director, National Development Finance Agency of Ireland

    Expertise, support and framework to develop PPPs in the Irish experience

    Frank Ulber - Head of PPP Unit, VerkehrsInfrastruktur-FinanzierungsGesellschaft

    Successful innovative schemes and main obstacles to overcome for a widespread financial capital attraction in public infrastructure - the German case

    Ms Marie-Laure Mazaud, Executive Director, CDC Infrastructure, Port of Calais: blending of grants and pilot phase of project bonds/EIB-EU instruments

    Presentation of lessons learnt in financing of Port of Calais: blending of an EU grant and of project bonds/EIB-EU instruments

    Mr Tomasz Korczyński, Co-Head of the PPP - Dentons Warsaw, Member of the Board of the Polish PPP Centrum and of the International Project Finance Association

    Poland as a laboratory for capacity building - the first experiences of implementing PPP projects in Poland. Lesson to be learnt on how to boost projects implementation.

    Moderated debate.

  • 1330 - 1430

    Walking Lunch

  • 1430 - 1530

    Session 3: What concretely can European Fund for Strategic Investments deliver for transport? Role of the advisory hub and practical guidelines on contacts with the EIB and the Commission

    Moderator: Mr Henrik Hololei - Director General DG Mobility and Transport

    The aim of this session is to present to project promoters and authorities the tools that are being made available by the Commission and the European Investment Bank, in particular to explain the role of the newly created Hub for advisory services, and the array of instruments created by the bank for different sectors, possibly leading to the creation of investment platforms

    Concrete takeaway:
    Practical guidelines for public investors and project promoters on whom to contact to get advice on projects' financing in relation to EU-EIB financial schemes.

    Panel speakers:

    Mr Nicholas Jennett, Director, European Investment Bank

    An overview of the financial products and schemes under the EFSI framework in various modes of transport and outlook on possible EFSI projects in relation to transport

    Mr Alan Lynch, European Investment Bank

    Presentation of the advisory services of the EIB to help deliver on the infrastructure projects

    Mr Stefan Appel, head of untit, DG REGIO

    Complementarities between financial instruments and schemes under the EFSI and the regional funds- focus on transport

    Mr Stéphane Ouaki and Mr Giorgio Casoni, heads of units, DG MOVE and DG ECFIN European Commission

    Practical guidelines on whom to contact to get advice on projects' financing

  • 1530 - 1600

    Closing remarks by Mr Henrik Hololei - Director General European Commission

    • Conclusions of the conference
    • Outlook on next workshops on dedicated themes

  • 1630 - 1800

    Session 4: Dedicated workshops sessions

    Workshop A:        Using CEF and EFSI for greening of ships and projects in ports

    • Type of projects that can be supported by the instruments
    • Case studies:
      • London Gateway: use of  Loan Guarantee for TEN-T projects (LGTT)
      • Port of Calais: blending grants and EU project bonds
      • Dublin Port or other: requirement for EIB standard loan
    • Conclusion and discussion: lessons learnt on how to use EIB support for greening of ships and port projects.

    Workshop B:       Using CEF and EFSI for schemes to support alternative fuels innovative vehicles and infrastructure in smart cities, TEN-T nodes and along corridors

    • Policy perspective by DG MOVE
    • Presentation of potential financial instruments available by the EIB
    • Open discussion on how to bring projects forward

    Additional Workshop:

    Dedicated session on Using CEF and EFSI for ERTMS deployment on-board and on tracks


    on 23 October 2015 in the Conference Centre Albert Borschette
    Be advised that you need to register at for this conference via dedicated e-mail address
    Financing_ERTMS_workshop@it.pwc.com (two underscores in email)

    - 11:00: Introduction by Head of Unit European Commission, DG MOVE, Mr Stéphane Ouaki
    - 11:15: Mr Karel Vinck: Context on breakthrough programme
    - 11:30: Presentation of market testing  - PwC
    - 12:30: lunch
    - 13:15: instruments/structures for infrastructure - PwC
    - 14:15: instruments/structures for rolling stock - PwC
    - 15:15: corridor analysis – PwC
    - 15:45: EFSI/hub - EIB
    - 16:30 - close



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  • TENtec Information System
  • Innovation & Networks Executive Agency
  • European Railway Agency
  • European Aviation Safety Agency
  • European Maritime Safety Agency


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We look forward to welcoming you to the Riga TEN-T Days Exhibition!

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Practical info

  • About Brussels

    Brussels is quickly gaining a reputation as one of Europe's must-see destinations, with its small town charm, trendy bars and restaurants, fabulous food, great nightlife, fantastic shopping, numerous museums, and other attractions including the diverse and interesting exhibitions and festivals organized there every year.

    Brussels is also becoming known as a mecca of style, art, and design. While attracting more and more big names in international fashion to its growing shopping districts, home-grown Belgian designers are rapidly gaining global notoriety. The streets of Brussels feature art and architecture created from an unmistakably Belgian point of view that cannot be replicated. This beautiful city is a center for fashion, art, and Belgian culture.

    Discover Brussels through its inhabitants'eyes ! The Greeters, enthusiastic volunteers passionate about their city, share with you their perception of the capital, their anecdotes and their tips. A unique touristic experience !

    Brussels has much more to offer than you possibly expect.

  • Venue

    Thon Hotel EU

    Located in the European Quarter of Brussels, Thon Hotel EU is your eco-friendly hotel in Brussels and is an ideal starting point for both business and leisure travelers: most of the European Institutions are within easy walking distance and the historical city center is also about a stone's throw away.

    More info: http://www.thonhotels.com/hotels/countrys/belgium/brussels/thon-hotel-eu/getting-there/

    Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 75, B-1040 Brussels
    Telephone: +32 (0)2 204 3911
    E-mail: eu@thonhotels.be
    Map : Click here

  • Travel

    PUBLIC TRANSPORT

    1. Metro: Station Maalbeek/Maelbeek is situated just across the hotel.
    2. Train: Thon Hotel EU is located 700 metres from Brussels-Schuman, 700 metres from Brussels-Luxemburg/Luxembourg and just three Metro stops from Brussels-Central.
    3. Bus: The airport bus stops at Luxemburg/Luxembourg station.
    4. Bicycle: A bicycle station from "Villo! Brussels" is located just around the Hotel.

    By car

    From the Netherlands and Antwerp (E19)

    1. Follow ring E40 towards Luik/Liège
    2. Take the exit to Brussels – Luik - Liège
    3. Arriving at Brussels, take the tunnel and follow directions towards Centre/Centrum
    4. After the tunnel, continue to "Schuman" roundabout and take the second exit right to the Rue de la Loi
    5. Take the first street on your left, Trierstraat/Rue de Trêves. Parking (Vinci) from Thon Hotel EU is situated on your right hand side

    From France via Mons (E19)

    1. Follow ring E40 towards Luik/Liège
    2. Take the exit to Brussels – Luik - Liège
    3. Arriving at Brussels, take the tunnel and follow directions towards Centre/Centrum 
    4. After the tunnel, continue to "Schuman" roundabout and take the second exit right to the Rue de la Loi
    5. Take the first street on your left, Trierstraat/Rue de Trêves. Parking (Vinci) from Thon Hotel EU is situated on your right hand side

    From Luxembourg and Namur (E411)

    1. Follow ring E40
    2. Take the exit to Brussels
    3. Arriving at Brussels, take the tunnel and follow directions towards Centre/Centrum
    4. After the tunnel, continue to "Schuman" roundabout and take the second exit right to the Rue de la loi
    5. Take the first street on your left, Trierstraat/Rue de Trêves. Parking (Vinci) from Thon Hotel EU is situated on your right hand side

    From Germany and Liège (E40)

    1. Follow ring E40
    2. Arriving at Brussels, take the tunnel and follow directions towards Centre/Centrum.
    3. After the tunnel, continue to "Schuman" roundabout and take the second exit right to the Rue de la Loi.
    4. Take the first street on your left, Trierstraat/Rue de Trêves. Parking (Vinci) from Thon Hotel EU is situated on your right hand side.

    From England and Ostend (E40)

    1. Towards the end of E40 stay on the left side, direction Brussels
    2. Continue all the way into tunnels, exit tunnels at Kunst-Wet/Art-Loi
    3. Drive left into Belliardstraat/Rue Belliard, keep on right hand side and at the end stay right of tunnel
    4. After 200m go left into Froissartstraat/Rue Froissart and continue till round point Schuman
    5. On round pint Schuman take the 5th exit to the right into Wetsstraat/Rue de la Loi
    6. Take the first street on your left, Trierstraat/Rue de Trêves. Parking (Vinci) from Thon Hotel EU is situated on your right hand side

    From Brussels Airport

    By taxi

    1. Take the taxi to Thon Hotel EU (cost: 45 €) 

    By train

    1. Take the train at the Airport (cost: 8.50 €) 
    2. Stop at Brussels Central Station
    3. Take the Metro line 1 (direction Stockel) or line 5 (direction Hermann-Debroux)
    4. Stop at Maelbeek Station
    5. Thon Hotel EU is just in front of the station exit

    By coach

    1. Take the coach 12 (direction Brussels City) or 21 (direction Ducale)
    2. Stop at the Station Schuman (30-45 minutes) 

    Parking

    Parking is available at the underground parking garage (Vinci Park) with 200 spaces. Guests of the hotel paying at the reception will benefit from a preferential rate of € 30,00 a day (€ 15,00 during weekend). The car park is equipped with disabled people car space.

  • Sightseeing

    Grand Place

    A unique mix of beautiful 17th century architecture and modern social life

    Town Hall

    This Gothic-style tower remains one of Belgium's finest civic buildings

    The Royal Palace

    A stunning palace in the heart of Brussels that is open for public visits

    Manneken Pis

    The infamous statue serves as an symbol of the spirit and humor of Brussels

    Atomium

    Built for the 1958 World's Fair in Brussels, now the city's most popular attraction

    Cathedral of Saints Michael and Gudula

    A beautiful Cathedral at the center of Brussels

Contact


For organisational questions around the conference, please contact info@boostinginvestmentstransport.eu


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