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Preliminary Observations on the Regional Dimension of the Investment Plan for Europe

Maria K. Sioliou, Brian Field, Eugenia Kazamaki Ottersten, Olivier Debande

The aim of the Investment Plan for Europe is to catalyse additional strategic investment in Europe’s key economic sectors. The rationale is to support higher risk projects that generate important and significant positive externalities, leveraging private sector participation and funding. The Investment Plan for Europe addresses the key challenges of the investment environment within the European Union (EU), while targeting investment projects that support EU policy priorities. Against this backdrop, this paper examines two of the Investment Plan’s key components, notably the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) and the European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH), in conjunction with the Regional Policy objectives and financing via the European Structural Investment Funds (ESI Funds). We analyse the conceptual complementarities between these funding instruments and associated policies, explore the financial and implementation synergies, and note the practical limitations. Last, we highlight the role of the key stakeholders.

Dr. Maria K. Sioliou, EU official (DG REGIO), currently seconded at the European Investment Bank (EIB); Dr. Eugenia Kazamaki Ottersten, Head of the Smart Development Division/JASPERS at the EIB; Mr Olivier Debande, Senior Policy Advisor at the EIB; Prof. Brian Field, Senior Advisor at the Regional Development Division/EIB. The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of the European Investment Bank and/or the European Commission. The authors would like to thank Mr. Guy Clausse, Dean of the EIB Institution, for his valuable comments.


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