CONFERENCE: Can we finance Europe's major infrastructures? (ALDE)

Wednesday, 12 October 2011
16.30 - 18.30
Room PHS 3C050 - European Parliament

Chaired by Adina Vălean MEP


After decades of slow progress in interconnecting Europe’s transport and energy infrastructure, the EU is placing this issue among its 2020 priorities, and a Connecting Europe Facility (50 billion EUR) is proposed for the 2014-2020 Financial Framework.

The financing requirements for such investments are tremendous – 200 billion EUR for energy networks and 540 billion EUR for transport. A large part will come from private sources, but the European Union has an important role to play by providing an adequate regulatory framework, as well as providing financial support.

Commissioner Oettinger and ViceMinister Stępień will speak at the ALDE Conference "Can We Finance Europe's Major Infrastructures?" discussing these issues in the context of the upcoming proposals of the European Commission - the "Connecting Europe" facility within the Multiannual Financial Framework, the Europe 2020 Project bond initiative and a proposal for a regulation on energy infrastructure.

16:30 Opening by Guy Verhofstadt MEP, Leader of the ALDE Group
 Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Energy
 Radosław Stępień, Vice Minister for Infrastructure, Poland
 Mario Monti, TEN-E Coordinator 
 Maarten Verwey, Deputy Director General, DG Economic and Financial Affairs
Questions & Answers

17:45 Jean Eric Paquet, Director, DG Transport 
 Gordon Parsons, Senior Managing Director, Macquarie Infrastructure
 Monica Merli, Managing Director-Infrastructure Finance, Moody’s 
Questions & Answers



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