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International Conference, 4 July 2019 - From Imperative to Urgency: Investment for Social Inclusion

17 June 2019

The CEB and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation will host an international conference on 4 July, in Lisbon, on the margins of the Bank's annual Joint Meeting. The conference aims to review the role of investments in promoting social inclusion in Europe, with a focus on current demographic and inequality challenges as well as on the policy and investment options available to address these. 



13:30 - 14:00 Coffee and Registration

14:00 - 14:30 Welcome

  • Guilherme D'Oliveira Martins, Trustee, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
  • Rolf Wenzel, Governor, CEB

14:30 - 15:45 Panel 1 - The Demographic and Inequality Challenges to Social Cohesion


  • Carlo Monticelli, Vice-Governor, CEB


  • Stathis Kalyvas, Gladstone Professor of Government, University of Oxford
  • Vassil Kirov, Associate Professor, Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
  • Felix Ribeiro, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
  • Kire Ilioski, Director in the Office of the Executive Secretary, UNECE
  • Antonella Mei-Pochtler, Former Senior Advisor to the Austrian Chancellor, Head of ThinkAustria

15:45 - 16:15 Coffee Break

16:15 - 17:30 Panel 2 - The Search for Inclusive Growth: Policy Options and the Role of Social Investment


  • Clara Raposo, Dean, Lisbon School of Economics & Management (ISEG)


  • Miguel Gaspar, Deputy Mayor for Mobility and Safety of Lisbon
  • José Miguel Almeida, Member of the Board of Directors of the CMVM
  • Clara Cruz Santos, Professor, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Coimbra (FPCEUC)
  • Hilmar Schneider, CEO, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)
  • Maria João Rodrigues, President of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies

17:30 - 17:50 Concluding Remarks

  • Carlos da Silva Costa, Governor, Banco de Portugal. 

Set up in 1956, the CEB (Council of Europe Development Bank) has 41 member states. Twenty-two Central, Eastern and South Eastern European countries, forming the Bank's target countries, are listed among the member states. As a major instrument of the policy of solidarity in Europe, the Bank finances social projects by making available resources raised in conditions reflecting the quality of its rating (AAA with Standard & Poor's, outlook stable, AA+ with Fitch Ratings, outlook stable and Aa1 with Moody's, outlook stable). It thus grants loans to its member states, and to financial institutions and local authorities in its member states for the financing of projects in the social sector, in accordance with its Articles of Agreement.