WEBINAR: Investing in more and better social infrastructure for inclusive, resilient and sustainable societies


Webinar organised by the Council of Europe Development Bank

30 September, 14:30-16:00 CEST


Growing social inequalities and chronic underinvestment in public infrastructure reinforce each other in increasing the vulnerability of societies and economies to unexpected shocks. The COVID-19 crisis has clearly shown how the impacts of these two issues interact with the accelerating climate and environmental crises in weakening the resilience and inclusiveness of European economies.

Earlier this year, European leaders reaffirmed at the Porto Social Summit that the recovery must be sustainable, inclusive and fair, while infrastructure is currently a top priority of the G20. Bridging critical social infrastructure gaps to ensure equitable access to high-quality and affordable essential services for all remains one of the most effective ways to promote social cohesion and integration.

This webinar, organised by the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), will take stock of the social infrastructure gap, with a special focus on Europe, make the case for the prioritisation and scaling up of financing in support of social sustainability objectives and underscore the need to mainstream inclusiveness, environmental and climate change considerations in all social infrastructure investments, often requiring a focus beyond physical infrastructure in project design and implementation.


  • Yngve Engstroem, Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation in Montenegro
  • Anuela Ristani, Deputy Mayor, Tirana
  • Antonella Baldino, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, Chief International Development Finance Officer
  • Gerd Trogemann, United Nations Development Programme - Regional Hub for Europe and Central Asia, Manager
  • Monica Scatasta, Council of Europe Development Bank, Technical Assessment and Monitoring Director
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