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The second panel discussion of the cycle Green, Smart, Resilient and Inclusive Cities in the Czech Republic will launch a structured discussion on readiness of our cities for the challenges of green and digital transformation of the EU in line with EU strategies. Topics will also be the role of the ESG, in particular the EU sustainability taxonomy, including the EU Standard on Green Bonds, which is a new tool for sustainable and innovative financing and not just for cities. The discussion should provide answers on how Czechia should successfully meet these challenges.

The European Green Deal will shape the green transition of the EU in the next 30 years with the ultimate aim to become climate-neutral by 2050. The deal aims at (i) boosting the economy through green technology making large infrastructure sectors, such as energy, transport and buildings greener and (ii) improving the quality of air, water and soil. The EU Taxonomy and other Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) standards will be the key tools to enable new green and sustainability financing.

In the session will speak:

Jan Kriz, Deputy Minister for Section of EU Funds, Economic and Voluntary Instruments, Ministry of Environment

Jean-Marc Martin, Deputy head of the division, Climate Action and Environment coordination, DG Operations, European Investment Bank (EIB)

Jan Brazda, Partner – Infrastructure financing in CEE region, PwC

Marek Loula, Director of Corporate Banking, CSOB

Radka VladykovaExecutive Director, Union of Towns and Municipalities of the Czech Republic

Petr Dovolil, Senior Consultant, Mott MacDonald

Programme 

9:00  Opening

9:15  Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and EU Taxonomy

9:30  Possibilities of urban projects financing

9:40  Sustainability and Green Financing from EU Funds in 2021-2027

9:50  Sustainability and Green Financing – EIB perspective

10:00 Discussion

11:15  Closing remarks

The session will be moderated by Tomas Janeba (ARI) and Ondrej Ptacek (PwC)

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