By the EESC's Diversity Europe Group
The EESC’s Diversity Europe Group recently met with the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Eurostat to acquire the solid facts and information necessary to explain the benefits of EU membership to national and regional organisations as well as to European citizens. By ensuring that both citizens and our democratic institutions get access to reliable and high-quality information, it is possible to inform policy, anticipate future societal challenges and innovate.
The session held at the EIB mainly concentrated on:
- the EIB Investment Plan for Europe and the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)
- key principles and objectives of the InvestEU Programme (2021-2027)
- EIB activities outside the EU, including in Africa
- discussions with Eurostat representatives, notably regarding their work on Big Data and quality of life ("Beyond GDP") indicators.
Keynote presentations were delivered, amongst others, by Werner Hoyer, President of the EIB, and Wilhelm Molterer, managing director of its EFSI team, by Eva Rømer of the Multiannual Financial Framework team, EIB expert Yohann Chaigneau and Eurostat director Barredo Capelot.
The discussions highlighted the potential for future constructive cooperation between both the EIB and Eurostat and the Diversity Europe Group. (cl)