Date and time: Thursday 22 February, 15:00 CET

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As Nadia Calviño steps into the presidency of the EIB, calls grow louder for the bank to fully utilise its financial clout, recognizing its potential for significant environmental and social change. While the EIB has increasingly become central to the EU's economic and climate strategies, uncertainties linger: Can the bank effectively address gaps in its climate and environmental policies to embody its role as a true climate bank? Will it fulfil its social mandate?

With the capacity to finance crucial sectors like affordable housing, energy, and public transport, the EIB stands ready to tackle the urgent needs of communities grappling with the cost of living crisis. Will it prioritise meeting the needs of communities and the planet, or will it continue to support the private sector?

This webinar aims to delve into the strategies, hurdles, and opportunities as the EIB navigates its role in shaping a more just, sustainable, and inclusive future for all.


  • Thomas Marois, Professor for the Department of Political Science at McMaster University
  • Stephen O’Driscoll, the head of the Environment, Climate and Social Office of the European Investment Bank (EIB)
  • Anna Roggenbuck, EIB policy officer, Bankwatch

The debate is moderated by Frank Vanaerschot, Counter Balance's director.

This webinar is organised by Counter Balance within the “Citizens’ Observatory for Green Deal Financing” project, financed by European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).

EN Co funded by the EU BLACK