EU investment plans. A round-table discussion with Benjamin Angel.
Held on Tuesday, July 18, 12.30-2.15pm
Benjamin Angel (European Commission)
Unsurprisingly, it is not easy to get senior members of the European Commission to come over to London these days – particularly to talk about a European future that has been clouded by the uncertainties around ‘Brexit’. So I am, therefore, delighted that Benjamin Angel has agreed to speak on the EU’s investment plans and on prospects for the wider use of financial investments – in other words, CMU, infrastructure spending und so weiter.
Mr. Angel is currently Director for Treasury and Financial Operations at the European Commission, which means he is, inter alia, responsible for the Junker Plan, relations with the EIB, EBRD and other IFIs, and the market operations of the EU. He was also responsible for implementing the decisions to create the ESM, EFSM, EFSF etc, and for parts of banking union. He is French, very grandes ecoles and was previously a member of the cabinets of three key Commissioners (de Silguy, Solbes, and Almunia). He also has a PhD in law, and has written several books and articles on EMU and EU affairs.
Inevitably, everything that Mr. Angel and his team are working on will be affected by ‘Brexit’ – but this is not primarily (yet) another meeting on ‘Brexit’. What it is is an opportunity to discuss how (whether ‘in’ or ‘out’) London can use its financial strength and skills to participate in the massive increase in infrastructure spending and investment which is envisaged over the next decade or so.
If you (or a colleague) would like to join us for what should be a lively and important discussion, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Centre on 0207 621 1056. As usual, wine and sandwiches will be provided.