​​​​​​​Programme

 

10:30 – 11:00 Welcome of participants


11:00 – 11:05 Opening speech by Chris De Noose, ESBG Managing Director


11:05 – 11:50 Panel 1: The role of local banks in financing SMEs in the context of the Capital Markets Union (CMU) and ways forward from a regulatory perspective

  1. The need for proportionality and adjustments of the legal framework
  2. SME supporting factor, also in the context of the Basel reflections on credit risk in the Standardised Approach
  3. Role of securitisation in SMEs' financing, in particular synthetic securitisation.

 Speakers:
  • Detlef Fechtner, EU Correspondent of Börsen Zeitung (moderator)
  • Gintaras Griksas, Policy Officer at the Directorate-Gerenal for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union in the European Commission (DG FISMA)
  • Gerhard Huemer, Director for Economic and Fiscal Policy at the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium Enterprises (UEAPME)
  • Michael Engelhard, Senior Policy Adviser at the German Savings Banks Association (DSGV) 

 11:50 – 12:10 Presentations
  1. The SME Initiative: a guarantee mechanism supporting SME lending by combining national, EU and EIB Group resources, by Christa Karis, Head of Corporate Relations at the European Investment Fund
  2. Start-up finance: the role of banks and of the EIF in accompanying SMEs at early stages of their development, by Mark Scicluna, Head of EU and Institutional Affairs at Bank of Valletta


12:10 – 12:50 Panel 2: The role of the European Investment Fund to foster SME financing

​Speakers:

  • Detlef Fechtner, EU Correspondent of Börsen Zeitung (moderator)
  • Christa Karis, Head of Corporate Relations at the European Investment Fund (EIF)
  • Astrid Bartels, team leader for the COSME Financial Instruments at the Directorate-Gerenal for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG Growth)
  • Mark Scicluna, Head of EU and Institutional Affairs at Bank of Valletta
  • Bertram Reddig, Head of "EuropaService/Promotional Finance" at the German Savings Banks Association (DSGV)
  • Gerhard Huemer, Director for Economic and Fiscal Policy at the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium Enterprises (UEAPME) 

12:50 – 13:00 Wrap-up

 13:00 Networking lunch​
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