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June 25: EDFI Seminar on Sustainable Finance Frameworks & 2024 Annual Reception


The Future of EU development finance:
How to align Global Gateway with the EU sustainable finance regulatory framework?

The Association of European Development Finance Institutions (EDFI) invites the development finance and EU policymaking community to explore the links between the European sustainable finance regulatory framework, development policy, and Global Gateway. The meeting will bring together DFI shareholders, partners, and experts to discuss the framework and how it can be used by European investors to mobilise private capital for development and promote the aims of Global Gateway.

Held in the European Quarter at TownHall Europe, the two-hour discussion starts at 15:30 and will centre on a recently released EDFI position statement on the sustainable finance regulations alongside the publication of the EDFI Sustainable Finance Mapping Report.

The EDFI Annual Reception follows starting at 17:30.

The seminar and reception are by invitation only.

For more information: Contact James Pieper, EDFI, at



15:00     Registration & Coffee

15:30     Welcome & Opening Remarks by Luuk Zonneveld, Board Chair, EDFI

15:40     Policy Perspective on Global Gateway, by Koen Doens, Director-General, DG INTPA, EU Commission

15:55     Sustainable Finance Regulatory Framework Analysis by James Brenton, EDFI

16:10    Interactive session: How can EU sustainable finance regulations contribute to Global Gateway’s success? Introductions and Q&A with: 

  • Michael Jongeneel, Chief Executive Officer, FMO – the Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank
  • Nancy Saich, Chief Climate Change Expert, European Investment Bank
  • Yvonne Bakkum, Impact Expert
  • Helmut von Glasenapp, Secretary-General, ELTI – the European Long-Term Investors Association
  • Moderated by: David Kuijper, General Manager, EDFI

17:15     Annual reception. Features stand-up conversation on innovation & latest data

20:30     Reception concludes