On November 14, EAPB organised a conference on the role of the EU and national and regional promotional banks in fighting against social exclusion at the Representation of the State of Hessen to the European Union. The workshop brought together over 120 representatives from national and regional governments, EU-Member States, EU Institutions, think tanks as well as from various stakeholder organisations, the banking sector Industry and SME associations. The workshop`s agenda included contributions from Dr. Michael Reckhard (Member of the Managing Board at WIBank), Mr. Paolo Zaggia (Head of European Department at Finlombarda), Mr. Dietrich Suhlrie (Member of the Managing Board at NRW.BANK) and Ms. Maria Viimne (Deputy CEO at Kommuninvest). The panel shared insights, provided an overview of their organisation`s activities and showcased best practices.

The discussion was wrapped up by Mr. Michel Servoz, Director-General of DG Employment and Social Affairs, who highlighted that the EAPB member institutions are a valuable partner for the European Union in addressing the major challenges Europe is facing these days, where the social exclusion fuels the political instability. The major value added by the promotional banks is the construction of quality social housing, which is a key to a successful integration, especially in the context of the recent refugee crisis.

We want to thank the Representation of the State of Hessen, our speakers and our participants for making it a memorable day. 

Please find the presentation download links below:

Presentation NRW.BANK

Presentation WIBANK

Presentation Finlombarda

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