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Ethical and sustainable finance for the future of Europe – Event at European Parliament

8th November, 6.30 p.m., Brussels, European Parliament, Room ASP3H1

Sustainable and ethically-oriented finance as well as microfinance are engines of growth, social inclusion and sustainable development within European countries as demonstrated, over these years of crisis, by supporting employment, welfare and social enterprises.

On December 11th, 2016 the Italian Parliament has recognized, for the first time in the European history, the sustainable and ethically oriented finance, acknowledging the positive economic and social impact of the ethically oriented finance institutions (Law 232 – 11th of December 2016 T.U.B – art.111 bis).

Beyond the Italian case, similar initiatives could be undertaken at European level for promoting sustainable development, inclusion in all EU. As at 31.12.2016 the value of loans granted by values-based providers is about than 110 billion of EU; much more could be achieved with the appropriate support.

Ethical and sustainable finance may act as tool for the EU in building a more inclusive Europe, close to younger Europe, delivering innovative environmental and social solutions, and highlighting the European leadership as the White Paper on the Future of Europe suggests.

For a deeper understanding on that, we are pleased to invite you at the European Parliament the 8th of November at 6.30 p.m.. It will be the occasion for learning more about the Italian Law on Ethical and Sustainable finance, giving us the chance for discussing about the finance for a better future.




On. Patrizia Toia– Member of the European Parliament; Head of the Italian delegation to the S&D Group in the European Parliament

Opening address

Giovanni Pugliese: Ambassador – Deputy Permanent Representative of Italy at EU


  • On. Silvia Costa – Member of the European Parliament
  • Commissioner Pierre Moscovici*, Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs
  • Baudouin Baudru– Expert for the Cabinet of Mrs. Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner of DG Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility
  • Mario Nava, Director-Directorate D-Regulation and Prudential Supervision of Financial Institutions. DG FISMA
  • Roberto Ridolfi, Director for Sustainable Growth and Development at DG Development and Cooperation
  • Ugo Biggeri, President of Banca Etica and Etica sgr
  • Dominique de Crayencour, European Microfinance Network
  • Katarzyna Pawlak, Microfinance Center
  • Benoit Lallemand, President of Finance Watch
  • Susanna Marietti, National Coordinator of Associazione Antigone and President of Atletico Diritti
  • Peru Sasia, President of Febea (Ethical and Alternative Banks Federation)


Closing remarks

Alessandro Tappi, Head of Guarantees, Securitisation and Microfinance at the European Investment Fund (EIF)


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