Regional Conference on the Investment Plan for Europe - Investing in Transport

European Commissioner for Transport, Ms Violeta Bulc, invite high level representatives involved in the planning and financing of transport infrastructure at both national and EU level, as well as numerous project promoters and stakeholders from the financial sector in Central and South East Europe, to a Regional Conference on the Investment Plan for Europe - Investing in Transport in Ljubljana on 21 and 22 April 2016.
The Investment Plan for Europe provides powerful tools (like free credit card proccessing) for facilitating the mobilization of public and private financing for infrastructure projects. In order to further raise awareness and to promote the financing opportunities available for the transport sector under the Plan, the European Commission is organizing this Regional Conference which will also pave the way to the forthcoming Investors' conference, the first to be organized within the framework of the TEN-T Days, in Rotterdam, in June 2016.

The event on the 21 April will focus on the cooperation between the Union and the Western Balkans focusing on the challenges and opportunities for transport project financing.

The second day of the Conference on 22 April will be dedicated to presenting the European Investment Fund, the technical assistance tools such as the European Advisory Hub and present successful of examples of project finance.

The Member States, the procuring authorities and project promoters will have an opportunity to discuss their key projects with the representatives of the banks and the financial institutions during the bilateral meetings on 22 April.

Template document bilateral discussions between promoters and banks.

You are invited to submit your project descriptions to the following mailbox:

The programme

On 22 April interpretation will be provided from English to Slovenian
  • 1400 - 1430


  • 1430 - 1500

    Welcome address

    Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport
    Peter Gašperšič, Slovenian Minister of Infrastructure

  • 1500 - 1630

    Panel 1

    How to make infrastructure projects in Western Balkans more attractive for investors?

    1. Presentation of the key cross-border projects with EU in need of financing
    2. Feedback from financers on their quality, needed improvements in terms of project preparation, coordination etc.
    3. Measures taken/needed in the region to make investment more profitable - presentation by Ministers and viewpoint from the financers

    1. Mr Vlado Misajlovski, Minister for Transport
    2. Ms Tatjana Jovanovic, Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure
    3. Mr Saša Dalipagić, Deputy Minister of Transport andInfrastructure
    4. Mr Baher El Hifnawi, Transport Team Leader, World Bank
    5. Mr Alan Lynch, Head of the Rail, Jaspers, Air and Maritime division, European Investment Bank

    Moderator : Olivier Onidi, European Commission, DG MOVE, Director for European Mobility Networks

  • 1630 - 1645

    Coffee Break

  • 1645 - 1815

    Panel 2

    Bridging the gap: towards the new approach in project financing.

    1. Have to use new forms of financing mechanisms to "bridge the gap" for the key Western Balkans projects, with a special focus on the following -projects :
                  1. Corridor X (rail)
                  2. Adriatic-Ionian Motorway
                  3. Corridor (rail-road) Vc
    2. Ideas/ actions on how to make the key projects more bankable and in line with the key regional priorities.

    1. Mr Edmond Haxinasto, Transport Minister
    2. Mr Ivan Brajoviċ, Minister for Transport
    3. Mr Lutfi Zharku,, Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    4. Mr Donald Mishaxhiu, Big Drop Inc
    5. Mr Neri di Volo, Senior Transport Economist, Jaspers, European Investment Bank
    6. Mr Guy Chétrit, Principal Adviser, European PPP Expertise Centre (EPEC)European Investment Bank/li>


    Moderator : Mr Stéphane Ouaki, European Commission, DG MOVE, Head of Connecting Europe – Infrastructure Investment Strategies Unit


  • 1815 - 1830

    Lessons learned and way forward

    Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport

  • 1830 - 1900

    Press opportunity

  • 0800 - 0900

    Registration and welcome coffee

  • 0915 - 1000

    Key note addresses

    Investment Plan for Europe - Challenges and Opportunities in Financing Transport Projects

    Dr. Milan Brglez, President of National Assembly of Republic of Slovenia
    Ms Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport
    Mr Pim Van Ballekom, Vice President for Transport, European Investment Bank
    Mr Markku Markkula, President of the Committee of the Regions

  • 1000 - 1100

    Plenary session

    How can the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) boost investments in the transport sector?

    Moderator: Mr Stéphane Ouaki, European Commission, DG MOVE, Head of Connecting Europe – Infrastructure Investment Strategies Unit

    What is the Investment Plan for Europe?
    Mr Stéphane Ouaki, European Commission, DG MOVE,

    EFSI support for investments in the transport sector: What are the opportunities?
    Gavin Dunnett, European Investment Bank, Head of Mobility (designate)

    Upstream support – How to make best use of the European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH)
    Mr Jean-Luc Revereault, European Investment Bank, Advisory Services, Head of the Strategy and Coordination Division

    How to combine EFSI support with funding from the European Structural and Investment Funds
    Mr Rudolf Niessler, European Commission, DG REGIO, Director for Policy

    How to combine EFSI and Connecting Europe Facility support
    Mr Stéphane Ouaki, European Commission, DG MOVE


  • 1100 - 1130

    Coffee Break

  • 1130 - 1300

    Parallel sessions

    Inter-institutional round-table (upon invitation)
    Investment needs in Central and South East Europe - building successful project pipelines, challenges and opportunities for financing transport projects
    Chair: Ms Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport
    Ministers for Transport and Infrastructure
    Mr Pim Van Ballekom,Vice President for Transport, European Investment Bank
    Mr Markku Markkula, President of the Committee of the Regions
    Ms Sue Barrett, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Transport Director
    Mr Svilan Sibil, President of SID Bank, Slovenia
    Mr Dominique De Crayencour, Secretary General of the European Long Term Investors Association

    Delivering project financing in transport (plenary session)

    Moderator: Mr Olivier Onidi, European Commission, DG MOVE, Director for European Mobility Networks

    How EU can help
    technical assistance
    Building Successful Public-Private Partnerships (PPP)
    Mr Guy Chetrit, European Investment Bank, Principal Adviser, European PPP Expertise Centre (EPEC)

    Preparing quality projects
    Mr Neri di Volo, European Investment Bank, Senior Transport Expert, Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions (JASPERS)

    Supporting smarter cities
    Henriette van Eijl, European Commission, DG MOVE, Senior Expert, Research and Innovative Transport Systems

    Lessons learned and experiences from project preparation studies: examples of upstream project support
    Ms Anna Panagopoulou,, Head of Department, Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

    Successful project financing with innovative financial instruments: examples

    Mr Cormac Murphy, European Investment Bank, Head of New Products Division
    Mr Paolo Vittoria, Agency for Roads, Italy Mr Pierre Menet, Advisor, Caisse des Dépôts, France


  • 1300 - 1400

    Networking lunch (all participants)

  • 1330 - 1430

    Seated lunch (VIP)

  • 1430 - 1530

    Plenary session

    Solutions for investing in transport – Investors' expertise for project financing (panel discussion)
    Moderator: Mr Dominique de Crayencour, European Long Term Investors Association
    Mr Cormac Murphy, European Investment Bank, Head of New Products Division
    Ms Sue Barrett, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Transport Director
    Mr Svilan Sibil, President of SID Bank, Slovenia
    Mr Pierre Menet, Advisor, Caisse des Dépôts, France
    Ms Wang Yufang, Deputy Director, Global Cooperation Department Eurasia, China Development Bank

  • 1530 - 1600

    Closing remarks

    Lessons learned and next steps
    Mr Peter Gašperšič, Minister of Infrastructure, Slovenia
    Ms Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport
    Mr Pim Van Ballekom, Vice President for Transport, European Investment Bank
    Mr Olivier Onidi, Director for European Mobility Networks, European Commission, DG MOVE


  • 1600 - 1730

    Bilateral meetings

    Project promoters discuss projects with the financial institutions

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  • TENtec Information System
  • Innovation & Networks Executive Agency
  • European Railway Agency
  • European Aviation Safety Agency
  • European Maritime Safety Agency

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We look forward to welcoming you to the Riga TEN-T Days Exhibition!


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  • About Ljubljana

    Ljubljana is the political and cultural heart of the Slovenian nation. It is an important European commercial, business, exhibition and congressional centre as well as the transport, science and education centre of Slovenia.

    A people-friendly city

    As its inhabitants and numerous visitors will tell you, Ljubljana is, indeed, a people-friendly city. Categorised as a medium-sized European city, it offers everything a metropolis does yet preserves its small-town friendliness.
    Its geographical position in the centre of Europe has determined Ljubljana as a natural meeting place for merchants and soldiers as well as - and more than once - peacemakers. The victors of the Napoleonic wars selected this peaceful city as the site of the Holy Alliance congress, which in 1821 sealed the European political geography for years to come.

    The old meets the new

    In Ljubljana the old meets the new; and it seems that history has spent all of the settlement's five millennia preparing it to become the nation's capital. It has managed to retain traces from all periods of its rich history; from the legacy of Roman Emona; through to the Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau periods characterised in the house fronts and ornate doorways of the city centre, the romantic bridges adorning the Ljubljanica river, the lopsided rooftops and a park reaching deep into the city centre. Here eastern and western cultures met; and the Italian concept of art combined with the sculptural aesthetics of Central European cathedrals.
    The city owes its present appearance partly to Italian baroque and partly to Art Nouveau, which is the style of the numerous buildings erected immediately after the earthquake of 1895. In the first half of the 20th century, modern Ljubljana was shaped by the strong personal style of Jože Plečnik, a great European architect and a local of Ljubljana. The cityscape was complemented by his modernist followers as well as by creations of the "New Wave" of acknowledged young architects. All the different facets of Ljubljana blend harmoniously into a single image.

    A city of culture

    Ljubljana is a city of culture. It is home to numerous theatres, museums and galleries, and boasts one of the oldest philharmonic orchestras in the world. The first music society in Slovenia, the Academia philharmonicorum, was founded in 1701. It was a vehicle for baroque music and also facilitated the development of musical production in this region. Its honorary members included such renowned composers as Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms, and distinguished musicians such as the violinist Nicolo Paganini. Between 1881 and 1882, at the very start of his career, Gustav Mahler was its resident conductor.
    For the people of Ljubljana culture is a way of living and thinking and is very much a part of everyday life. Over 10,000 cultural events take place in the city every year, among which there are 10 international festivals. The inhabitants of Ljubljana and its visitors can admire artists from all the different fields - from music, theatre and fine arts to the alternative and avant-garde. In warmer months, the tables and chairs of the numerous cafés fill the banks of the Ljubljanica and the old city markets. It is here, after an almost obligatory Saturday visit to the Ljubljana market or the Sunday flea market, that the locals meet for a morning coffee or for an evening chat with friends.

    A modern and lively city

    The first impression a visitor gets of Ljubljana is that it is an exceptionally young city. It is home to over 50,000 students, who give it a special vibe. As four Slovene regions meet in Ljubljana, the city's numerous restaurants and inns offer a wide range of local delicacies, not to mention superb wines. Ljubljana did not earn the label of "the city of wine and vine" for nothing. In the past it was the wine-trading centre of the region and grapevines were planted on the slopes leading up to the present-day castle by the inhabitants of the Roman settlement of Emona. Today scientists are drawn to the city because of its high-calibre institutes and university, as are artists due to its world-famous graphic biennial, art academy and countless art galleries. International businessmen, economists and experts from all fields frequently attend the city's many business and congressional meetings, exhibitions and trade fairs.
    In short: Ljubljana is a city that people often return to, be it because of work or because of pleasant memories of previous visits. It is similar to a number of other pleasant European cities - yet it is different - and if you want to be fully assured that Ljubljana is an interesting, pretty and friendly place then just ask the locals - they love it. And with a name that, according to one theory, means beloved, how could they do otherwise?

    More info about Ljubljana : Click here

  • Venue

    GR Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre

    The GR- Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre is in the very centre of Ljubljana. Railway and bus stations are in the area and The Jože Pučnik Ljubljana international airport is in Brnik, which is only 23 kilometres distant from the city.

    Dunajska cesta 18, 1000 Ljubljana
    More info : Click here

  • Travel

    BY BUS

    Ljubljana is well connected by bus services from around Europe. Bus travel is one of the most convenient forms of public transport for short trips to Ljubljana's surrounding areas. Connections to other places in Slovenia are good as well.

    Information on timetables is available from this website of Ljubljana Bus Station.

    BY CAR

    Slovenia’s road network has been modernised over the past decade as to provide an efficient road system, improve road safety, and ensure wider European integration. 

    The construction of the motorway cross is nearly completed and the access from the border crossings with Italy, Austria and Hungary towards Ljubljana is swift. Motorways are complemented by a good network of main roads and regional roads.

    Ljubljana is located at the crossroads of the country's most important road routes.

     Road connections

    1. from Villach (Austria): E651
    2. from Klagenfurt (Austria): E652 or E61
    3. from Graz (Austria): E57 or E59
    4. from Trieste (Italy): E61 or E70
    5. from Zagreb (Croatia): E70
    6. from Budapest (Hungary): E57 or E71

    Useful links

    1. Michelin Route Planner 
    2. Road traffic-related information for tourists



    Modern comfortable trains serve the capital as well as almost every important tourist destination in Slovenia. Railway connections from Ljubljana to the major cities across the borders are often operated by intercity trains. There are good connections to neighbouring countries as direct train services connect Ljubljana /Slovenia with Austria, Germany, Hungary, Croatia, Italy, Serbia, etc.
    Railway travel is convenient and inexpensive.
    Information on international timetables is available from this website of Slovenian Railways 


    All flights to and from Ljubljana are operated through the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, which is located at 25 km from the city centre and can be reached within a 20-minute ride.
    More information on scheduled flights is available at

    Ljubljana is also close to several other airports served by various budget airlines.Distances from the neighbouring airports to Ljubljana by road:
    Graz Airport, Austria: 187 km
    Klagenfurt Airport, Austria: 85 km 
    Zagreb Airport, Croatia: 140 km
    Trieste Airport, Italy: 130 km
    Venice Airport, Italy 230 km
  • Accommodation

    The following hotels are easily accessible from the GR Ljubljana Exhibition center :

    In the period 21.4. – 23.4.2016 Hotel Lev can offer you accommodation at their best available rate:  

    Hotel Lev****
    Please write to and mention the title of the conference.

    The following hotels are also available:

    Austria Trend Hotel Ljubljana ****

    Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Ljubljana

    Best Western Premier Hotel Slon



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