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14:00-14:05 – Commemoration Franco Delneri (1950-2022)

14:05-14:15 – OPENING

Andrea Tracogna
Dean, MIB Trieste School of Management
Innocenzo Cipolletta
Chairman Italian Banking Insurance and Finance Federation – FeBAF

14:15-15:15 – SESSION 1

The War in Ukraine and the New Geopolitical Scenarios in Eastern Europe

The aggression to Ukraine and the war represent a watershed: what implications for financial cooperation and development?

  • The humanitarian social and economic devastations of the war and the requirements for reconstruction and recovery;
  • The economic and financial outlook for the short and medium term;
  • The impact and implications of sanctions;
  • The root causes of instability and conflict in the whole pan-European region. Is there scope for more and better conflict prevention, risk reduction and early warning?
  • The EU response to the crisis and its role for enhancing security, stability, and growth in the pan-European region;
  • The role of the private sector and in particular of banks, insurance and capital markets.


Goran Svilanovic
former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia/State Union of Serbia and Montenegro

Keynote speaker

Lamberto Zannier
Member, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Parliamentary Assembly - OSCE PA
Odile Renaud-Basso
President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development - EBRD


Zsuzsanna Kiraly
Deputy Secretary General, Central European Initiative - CEI
Sergio Lugaresi
Executive Director, Asian Development Bank - ADB
Matteo Patrone
Managing Director of Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development - EBRD
Elina Ribakova
Deputy Chief Economist, Institute of International Finance - IIF
Julio Suarez
Director of Research, Association for Financial Markets in Europe - AFME
Ivan Vejvoda
Acting Rector, Institute for Human Sciences - IWM

15:20-16:20 – SESSION 2

The Implications of the War for Euro-Mediterranean and Euro-African Financial Cooperation and Development

The Euro-Mediterranean region (EM) and Sub-Saharan (SSA) have been negatively affected by the conflict in multiple ways:

  • the turmoil and price hikes in the energy markets created inflationary pressures, particularly in the non-energy producing economies;
  • increases in food and agri-product prices threaten social and political stability in the region;
  • chronic problems of over-indebtedness and balance of payments disequilibria constrain the fiscal and monetary response to the downturns;
  • several countries in the EM and in Africa are still waiting for the support promised by the G20 in relation to vaccine rollouts (Covax financing) and allocation of SDRs.

Add to this that there are several areas of frozen or recent conflict with considerable risks of instability and social and political unrest. The EU has a vested interest in taking the lead in enhancing security and sustainable development in the EM and SSA. Have EU policies been adequate to that purpose? What else can be done? What partnerships in the field of energy can be established? What is the role of the financial sector?


Massimo Deandreis
General Manager, SRM - Studi e Ricerche per il Mezzogiorno - Economic Research Center of Intesa Sanpaolo

Keynote speaker

Rym Ayadi
Chair of the European Banking Authority-Banking Stakeholders Group – EBA-BSG, President, Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association – EMEA


Barbara Beltrame Giacomello
Vice President for International Affairs - Confindustria, President - BUSINESSMED
Alfonso Iozzo
Deputy Chairman, Robert Triffin International - RTI
Piero Gaggi
Head of International Relations, Italian Banking Association - ABI
Lapo Pistelli
Director of Public Affairs, ENI
Gian Paolo Ruggiero
Executive Director for Italy, International Fund for Agricultural Development – IFAD, Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance - MEF
Mouna Saied Gattoufi
Executive Director, Tunisian Professional Association for Banks and Financial Institutions - APTBEF
Jean-Léonard Touadi
Senior Advisor, Food and Agriculture Organization - FAO

16:25-17:25 – SESSION 3

The Financing of Investment Technology and Sustainable Development: Role of Banks, Institutional Investors and Capital Markets

The Eastern Europe region has financing gaps of an unprecedented size and urgency.

The recovery and reconstruction after the war in Ukraine, the requirements of the energy transition (diversification, sustainability, and geo-strategic security), the digital, climate and nature-based transitions, the exposure to multiple risks scenarios, including social fractures, health, political instability, etc. All this requires investment, and a critical mass of financing, particularly in relation to infrastructure and SMEs. Public budgets are strained and constrained by the debt overhang and the legacies of the financial and the pandemic crises. The role of the financial sector therefore is critical and of decisive importance. The banking sector must overcome fragmentation and the risk of non-performing exposures. The corporate sector has to be recapitalized and gain productivity and competitiveness through technology and greater firm size.

The session will discuss prospects for providing funding opportunities for investment through monetary and fiscal policy, structural reforms, development and integration of capital markets and effective financial eco-systems in support of innovation and expansion of productive capacity (private capital, PPPs, the funding escalator, etc.). The focus will be on the financing of infrastructure and SMEs, particularly cross-border sustainable and long-term financing. In addition, the discussion will address the ESG investment implications of the Ukrainian situation. How EE companies plan to comply with various ESG reporting requirements and the main implications of the carbon border adjustment tax on EE. Special emphasis will be on implications of the 2023 EU DLT pilot program, and its impact on all EU market participants and future market activities.


Jim Turnbull
Deputy Director and Head of Product for the Capital and Financial Markets Development Department, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development – EBRD

Keynote speaker

Pier Carlo Padoan
Chairman, UniCredit


Alessandra Bechi
Deputy Director, Italian Private Equity, Venture Capital and Private Debt Association - AIFI
April Day
Managing Director of Head of Equities Capital Markets, Association for Financial Markets in Europe - AFME
Giovanni Farese
Professor of Economic History, European University of Rome - UER
Aldo Ravazzi Douvan
Senior Economist, Italian Ministry of Ecological Transition - MITE
Emily Sinnott
Head of Policy and Strategy Division, European Investment Bank - EIB

17:30-18:30 – SESSION 4

Protection Gaps in the New Risk Scenarios: The Role of Private Players, Insurance, Research

The different crises of the last two decades have shown the multiple vulnerabilities of the region and the social conflicts that accompany such vulnerabilities.

People have been exposed to several hazards (from epidemics to violence, from disasters to political upheavals, from unemployment to populism and social exclusion). The capacity of the traditional public welfare systems and public protection mechanisms to respond to growing and diversified needs has been eroded. At the same time, the role of the private sector to intervene and provide resources and customized help has emerged, e.g. the complementary pension systems and health care disability and nat-cat insurance, as well as life-long learning and long-term care.

How can Governments establish partnerships with the private sector to improve coverage and guarantee universal access to protection? Which reforms are needed in welfare and protection systems?  How can international cooperation and dialogue provide valuable experience and best practice? What role for insurance? Can the EU assist in support of inclusiveness and education, including in the access to financial services?


Paola Albrito
Chief of Branch Intergovernmental processes, Interagency cooperation and Partnerships, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – UNISDR

Keynote speaker

Majlinda Bregu
Secretary General, Regional Cooperation Council – RCC, Former Minister for European Integration


Igli Hasani
Coordinator of Economic and Environmental Activities, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe - OSCE
Safet Kozarevic
Professor of Economics, Tuzla University
Pierpaolo Marano
Professor of Law, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Tanja Miscevic
Deputy Secretary General, Regional Cooperation Council - RCC
Michele Morganti
Senior Equity Strategist and Head of Insurance and Asset Management Research, Generali Investment
Gianluca Sambucini
Secretary of the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe - UNECE
Roberto Signorini
Head of International Relations Department, Italian Association of Insurance Companies - ANIA

18:35-19:35 – SESSION 5

The Future of Pan-European and Euro-Mediterranean Financial Cooperation in the Post-War Reconstruction and Recovery and Beyond?

The underlying idea is to discuss the chances and opportunities that banking and financial integration can represent for a present-day “Ventotene Moment”

created by the tragic and unjustifiable aggression underway, and for designing and projecting into the future a perspective of peaceful integration and cooperation encompassing the whole pan-European and Euro-Mediterranean region.

The process should be driven by investment, financial development and the EU leadership role for the whole Pan-European region’s prosperity, security and stability.


Federica Seganti
Programme Director of MIRM, MIB Trieste School of Management
Gianfrancesco Rizzuti
COO, Italian Banking Insurance and Finance Federation - FeBAF

Keynote speaker

Marek Belka
, Member, European Parliament – Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs - ECON


Teresa Coratella
Programme Manager, European Council on Foreign Relations - ECFR
Pier Virgilio Dastoli
President European Movement - Italy (CIME)
Richard Grieveson
Deputy Director, Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies - WIIW
Francesco Mazzaferro
Head of the Secretariat, European Systemic Risk Board - ESRB
Alexander Pivovarsky
Director of Capital Markets Development Team, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development - EBRD
José María Roldán
former Chairman and CEO, Spanish Banking Association - AEB

19:35-19:45 –


Paolo Garonna
Secretary General, Italian Banking Insurance and Finance Federation - FeBAF


PART I_final_2021-1
PART II_final_2021-1
The role of bankings, Insurance and Finance - Part1
The role of bankings, Insurance and Finance - Part2

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