On 9 March 2017, Markku Markkula took part in the Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference organised by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee.President Markkula delivered a speech on the theme: "Circular economy: a financial endeavour".
The opinion by President Markkula on "Bridging the Investment Gap" was adopted unanimously by the Plenary Session of the European Committee of the Regions.
Before the vote, the Vice-President of the European Investment Bank, Vazil Hudak, addressed the Plenary session and took part in a debate with CoR members on investment and the relations between the CoR and EIB.
On 2 December 2016, the CoR's ECON Commission debated and adopted Markku Markkula's draft opinion on "Bridging the Investment Gap: How to tackle the challenges".
Mr Miguel Gil-Tertre, Member of the Cabinet of Vice-President Katainen, took part in the debate with ECON Members on behalf of the European Commission.
The opinion as amended will now be on the agenda of the CoR's February 2017 Plenary Session, for final adoption.
On 7 November, the rapporteur Markku Markkula organised a consultation meeting where the key themes of the opinion on Bridging the Investment Gap were discussed with representatives of regional offices, associations and other stakeholders, as well as the Commission.
President Markkula took part in a European Week of Region and Cities (EWRC) workshop on "Overcoming obstacles to investment", along with representatives of the OECD, think-tanks and academia.
The workshop was also the occasion of the presentation of several new reports:
The rapporteur, President Markku Markkula, discussed how to bridge the investment gap with a group of experts and stakeholders.The organisations represented in the meeting were: the European Policy Centre (EPC), the European Long-Term Investors' Association (ELTIA), the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (UEAPME), BusinessEurope, Caisse des Dépôts and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR).
The rapporteur, President Markku Markkula, met with representatives of the European Commission's DG REGIO to discuss the role of financial instruments in bridging the investment gap.
The rapporteur, President Markku Markkula, met with representatives of the European Commission's DG ECFIN to discuss his working document on "Bridging the investment gap: How to tackle the challenges".
Members of ECON debated the rapporteur's working document, with statements from Mr Roberto GUALTIERI (IT/S&D), Chair of the European Parliament's ECON Committee, and Ms Mary Veronica TOVSAK PLETERSKI, Director for Investment, growth and structural reforms, in DG EFCIN, European Commission.
The rapporteur, President Markku Markkula, met with a representative of the Slovak rotating Presidency of the Council, to discuss his work "Bridging the investment gap" and the interplay with the priorities of the Slovak Presidency.
The rapporteur, President Markku Markkula, met with representatives of the European Commission's DG REGIO to discuss the challenge of administrative capacity in relation to the investment gap.
The rapporteur, President Markku Markkula, met with representatives of the European Commission's DG GROW to discuss Innovation Policy and Investment for Growth, in relation to his opinion on "Bridging the investment gap"
President Markkula delivered the closing remarks at the conference "The Juncker Plan : and so what?" organised by the European Parliament Intergroup for long term investment.
More details on President Markkula's remarks here.