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The European Conference by UniCredit - key highlights

The European Conference by UniCredit – key highlights

The eighth edition of The European Conference by UniCredit took place on Wednesday, 27 & Thursday, 28 October 2021 and drew again a record audience of corporate and investor delegates from all over Europe. The agenda of this digital conference focused on the EU recovery program and its impact on the transition to a more sustainable, digital and inclusive economy, and the role of the financial industry within this dynamic environment. We were pleased to have hosted many distinguished speakers, who helped the audience to understand the macroeconomic and institutional framework in which we operate and more importantly to highlight the tools and strategies designed to support Europe's transformation in the on-going recovery.


In his welcoming address, Richard Burton, Head of Corporate & Investment Banking of UniCredit, stated "Banks are playing an important role as a fundamental channel of transmission - and a multiplier - of the enormous investment packages under the NextGenEU umbrella. This is possible thanks to the increased solidity of the European financial system which enabled banks to be part of the solution from the very beginning and throughout the pandemic and in the on-going recovery now."

Today, we have the pleasure to share with you a podcast series of interviews which elaborate on the highlights and main take-aways of the three keynote sessions of the event. 


Episode 1:

The EU Recovery Plan - program update and outlook on Europe's sustainable transformation
with Guntram Wolff, Director at Bruegel, the Brussels-based economic think thank

Topics include the impacts of a full green bond curve, the risk of greenwashing in the NextGenerationEU recovery plan, and the potential for future EU debt issuances.


Episode 2:

Sustainable by Design: ESG beyond sustainability labels?
with Antonio Keglevich, Head of Sustainable Finance Advisory at UniCredit

Topics include the challenge of building, signposting and recognising a credible climate action plan, the opportunities and burdens of ESG regulation, and the importance of retaining public buy-in for a sustainable transition.

Episode 3:

Policy priorities for the next German government: Impact on Europe and financial markets
with Erik F. Nielsen, Group Chief Economist at UniCredit

Topics include the expected personalities in the next German government, the impact of Christian Lindner in the Finance Ministry, and the consequences for German fiscal policy and the wider EU debt programme.


The full conference agenda is available for download: