Saturday, 4 June
10:00 - 11:30 (EEST)
Public investment in Eastern Europe and elsewhere is perceived as carrying an inherent corruption risk. Yet the Green transition will require public investment if its goals are to be met within the required timeframe. Furthermore, the leading European governments and institutions are signalling the return of the fiscal rules which will require a cut in investment rather than its expansion. How to address this conundrum? How can small countries ramp up their fiscal firepower while addressing any corruption concerns?
Andris Šuvajevs, economic policy expert.
Andris is a guest lecturer in Social Anthropology at Riga Stradins University. His previous work is related to social and economic policy analysis. He has worked as a financial journalist in one of the leading Latvian media companies.
Anna Cavazzini, Member of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA Group
Anna is from Germany and has been a Member of the European Parliament for The Greens/EFA since 2019. She fights for a sustainable EU internal market and fair globalization - in short, for fair and sustainable economic structures inside and outside the EU.
Since November 2020, she has been Chair of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection. She is also a substitute member of the Committee on International Trade and vice chair of the Brazil delegation. Her constituencies are Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt.
Before becoming an MEP, she herself worked in the European Parliament, for the Federal Foreign Office and the UNO and was an advisor to various NGOs.
Inese Tauriņa, executive director of Transparency International LATVIA / “Sabiedrība par atklātību – Delna”.
She is also the member of the Civic Alliance – Latvia Council. Inese has been the member of TI Latvia Supervisory Council, is member of the organisation since 2011. Inese has been executive secretary of LASAP / Latvian Association of Public Relations Professionals, head of Public Relations department at Rīga Stradiņš University. Inese holds MA degree in European Union Studies from Leiden University, the Netherlands and MSc degree in Communications and Information Sciences from Riga Stradins University.
Nataša Gligorijević, founder and executive director of the Center for Sustainable Development of Serbia.
She is engaged in public advocacy, research and improvement of public policies in the field of environmental policy, green economy, just transition and climate justice, citizen participation in decision-making. Since 2017, she has been leading an advocacy campaign for the implementation of green public procurement in Serbia. She launched the initiative “Let the blocks breathe!”, which aims to improve air quality in Belgrade. She is a member of the Women's Network for Nature Protection in Serbia.
Jean Lambert, Committee Member, European Greens
Jean was elected to the EGP Committee on 2019, after serving as a British MEP for 20 years (1999 - 2019). She was a member of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee and active on the Civil Liberties Committee; she also chaired the Parliament’s Delegation for relations with South Asia for 10 years. Since stepping down, she is now involved with European organisations working on citizens’ rights and statelessness and is a member of the Council of Liberty – a UK human rights organisation.