IMPORTANT NOTICE: EIC Autumn 2020 Conference in Rome CANCELLED!
EIC and its Italian Member Federation, ANCE, decided at the end of February 2020 to postpone the EIC Spring 2020 Conference in Rome to autumn 2020 in order to prioritise the health and well-being of delegates, speakers and business partners. The EIC Board duly evaluated the situation with respect to the global pandemic at the end of June 2020 and decided that current circumstances, in particular the prevailing social distancing rules and travel restrictions, do not allow us to organise a physical gathering in the dimension of an EIC Conference during the year 2020.
We are sorry to inform you that the EIC Conference in Rome, re-scheduled for 01-02 October 2020, is now also cancelled.
The EIC Secretariat will organise instead a Webinar with representatives of the European Commission and the European Investment Bank.
Thank you for your understanding!
European International Contractors welcomes you to a Webinar on
The Role of Infrastructure in the EU-Africa and EU-Asia Strategies and related External Financing Instruments
The European Commission has proposed at the beginning of June 2020 an amendment to its initial proposal for the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument adopted in 2018. The new proposal reinforces the EU's capacity to support partners – in particular in the Western Balkans, the EU's wider Neighbourhood and Sub-Saharan Africa – in their efforts to fight and recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, in cooperation with international partners. The External Action Guarantee and the European Fund for Sustainable Development Plus will be the key instruments in this regard. The European Commission proposes a budget of €118 billion for external action in 2018 prices (€133 billion in current prices) in the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021 to 2027, including €15.5 billion under the Recovery Instrument "Next Generation EU".
The Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument includes an investment framework for external action and expands the previous EU External Investment Plan to raise additional financial resources for sustainable development from the private sector. It will support investments in partner countries to promote decent job creation, strengthen public and private infrastructure, foster renewable energy and support digital economy. The new investment framework will consist of the European Fund for Sustainable Investment (EFSD+) and the External Action Guarantee.
Against this background, EIC will organise a Webinar on 02 October 2020 allowing for an inter-active discussion with representatives from the European Commission and from the European Investment Bank with the objective to analyse the EU's capacity to support partners outside the European Union, and with a special focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, to bridge the existing infrastructure gaps.