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Social Infrastructure Investment: from local innovative ideas to InvestEU project funding

European Conference, 18 October 2018, VLEVA - 71 Avenue Cortenbergh, Brussels

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Thursday, 18 October, 9:00 - 17:00, VLEVA - Liaison Agency Flanders-Europe, 71 Avenue Cortenbergh, Brussels

EASPD, Housing Europe, Eurohealthnet, FEANTSA, the Lifelong Learning Platform, AGE Platform Europe and Social Services Europe wish to invite you to the upcoming Conference on “Social Infrastructure Investment, from local innovative ideas to InvestEU project funding”, taking place on 18 October in Brussels.  

The High-Level Taskforce on Social Infrastructure Investment’s 2018 report “Boosting Investment in Social Infrastructure in Europe” highlighted an investment gap in social infrastructure alone to be €150 billion per year for the next ten years. Meeting such a gap is a necessity if we are to future proof and build up the resilience of Europe’s social model.

The event will bring together a mixture of national and European representatives from the social and the banking sectors, as well as public authorities, in order to discuss and exchange views on the role of the European Union in unlocking the much needed investment into local innovative social infrastructure projects. The objective is to identify solutions to the current bottlenecks which hinder the transformation of ideas for better social, health, education and housing services into viable infrastructure projects for the EU Investment Plan and – soon- the InvestEU programme.


9.30 – 10.15

Moderated by Sorcha Edwards, Secretary General, Housing Europe 

  • Florentine Hopmeier, Member of Cabinet for Vice President Jyrki Katainen
  • Manuela Geleng, Director for Social Affairs, DG Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility
  • Luk Zelderloo, Secretary General of the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD)

10.15 – 11.15

Panel discussion: Defining Social Infrastructure investment - opportunities and how to get there

Moderated by Caroline Costongs, Director, Eurohealthnet

  • Anne Sophie Parent, Secretary General, AGE Platform Europe
  • Gene Clayton, Chair of the Economic and Financial Affairs Committee, Housing Europe
  • Javier Güemes, ONCE International Relations Office Technical Director, Spain
  • Helmut von Glasenapp, Secretary-General, European Long-Term Investors Association
  • Thomas Bignal, Policy Advisor, EASPD

11.15 – 11.45

Coffee Break

11.45 – 13.00

General Plenary: What is the reality on-the-ground? From project idea to project financed 

Moderated by Brikena Xhomaqi, Director, Lifelong Learning Platform

  • Francis Deplace, Delphis, France 
  • Stepan Ripka, Czech Social Housing Platform (Housing First for Roma Families)
  • Fredrik Lindencrona, Research and Development Manager, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (Salar), Sweden
  • Martine Chanal, Metropole de Lyon, Project 'L’autre Soie'
  • Sean Abbott, Chief Executive, COPE Foundation, Ireland (tbc) 

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch & Display of project opportunities

Interpretation EN – FR will be available

For more information please contact Edit Lakatos.

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Panel discussion: from technical assistance to real capacity building

Moderated by Lieve Fransen, Co-Author Report of the High-Level Taskforce on Investing in Social Infrastructure in Europe

  • Konstantinos Agorastos, Rapporteur of the InvestEU Opinion, Committee of the Regions
  • Felicitas Riedl, Head of Division Life Sciences, European Investment Bank
  • Roger Havenith, Deputy Chief Executive, European Investment Fund (tbc)
  • Jérôme Hamilius, Director, Council of Europe Development Bank
  • Anna Krzyzanowska, Head of Unit, DG ECFIN
  • Freek Spinnewijn, Director, FEANTSA


Concluding Remarks and next steps

  • Luk Zelderloo, Secretary General, EASPD