Opening session - 19/10/2015

DATE: Monday, 19th October at 5pm*

: headquarters of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
    Jacques Delors Building, Rue Belliard 99 - 1000 Brussels - Room JDE62

Under the aegis of the Luxembourgish Presidency of the EU, the European Microfinance Day was inaugurated on the 19th October with a high level opening session addressed to European economic and political decision-makers from the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Investment Bank, the European Economic and Social Committee, and EU stakeholders in general. 

The opening session was honoured by the presence of Her Majesty the Queen of the Belgians and welcomed the Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Ms Marianne Thyssen, as keynote speaker.

The session was hosted by the President of the ECO section from the European Economic and Social Committee, Mr Joost van Iersel.

The Luxembourgish Minister of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy, Mr Nicolas Schmit was present as keynote speaker in representation of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union

The speakers' panel was composed of:

  • MEP, Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats), Dr Paul Rübig;

  • Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), Mr Pim Van Ballekom;

  • Former President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) and President of microStart, Mr Philippe Maystadt.

Mr Patrick Sapy, General Manager at microStart and President of EMN, and Ms Lucija Popovska, Habitat for Humanity International and Board member of the Microfinance Centre, chaired the high level opening session for the First European Microfinance Network. 

The event was followed by a cocktail.





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3.45 pm - 4.45 pm Registration

5.00 pm -  6.45 pm Opening Session

From 6.45 pm - Cocktail