AECM Annual Event : Berlin, 18-20 June 2015

Guarantees for innovative SMEs: Ways to prosperity


Marriott Hotel Berlin

Inge-Beisheim-Platz 1, 10785 Berlin

Hotel Marriott

Seminar program


18 June 2015

Interpretation will be provided in DE-EN-ES-FR-IT all day long

Ordinary meeting of the General Assembly
Public session and first session of the annual seminar

14h00 – 14h15 Welcome by the Chairman of AECM
14h15 – 14h45

Ceremony for the outgoing President and members of the Board of Directors of AECM

Presentation of the members of the new Board of Directors of AECM

14h45 – 15h30

Panel on the activities of AECM
Moderator: Bernhard Sagmeister, CEO, Austria Wirtschaftsservice (aws), Austria

  • Overview of the activities 2014 to 2015, José Fernando Figueiredo, Special Honorary Chairman of AECM, President of IFD and of SPGM
  • Working group on Agriculture, László Tóth, AVHGA / Hungary
  • Working group on Banking Supervision, Enrico Gaia, Assoconfidi / Italy
  • Working group on SME Policy, Pedro Pisonero Pérez, CESGAR / Spain
  • Working group on State Aid, Guy Selbherr, VDB / Germany
  • Working group on Statistics and Studies, Bernard Jehin, Sowalfin / Belgium
  • Working group on Structural Funds, Audrius Zabotka, INVEGA / Lithuania
15h30 – 16h00 Coffee break
16h00 – 17h30

Panel on the priorities of the Juncker Commission: What’s in for SMEs’ access to finance?
Moderator: Michel Cottet, Managing Director of SIAGI, France

  • Alessandro Carano, Adviser to the Deputy Director General, Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission – The investment plan for jobs and growth in Europe – an introduction
  • José Manuel Fernandes, Member of the European Parliament – The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) – What does the European Parliament do for SMEs’ access to finance?
  • Eva-Maria Meyer, Deputy Director General European Policy, German Federal Ministry of Finance – Boosting jobs, growth and investment – a European or a national task?
  • Jesús Fernández Sánchez, Vice-President of the Confederación Española de Sociedades de Garantía Recíproca (CESGAR) – Expectations of the guarantee institutions towards the new Commission
  • Georg Baur, Member of the Managing Board of the Association of German Public Banks / Bundesverband Öffentlicher Banken Deutschlands (VÖB) – Building a Capital Markets Union: How to kick-start growth and to increase options for financing for SMEs?
  • Peter Faross, Secretary General of the European Association of Craft and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (UEAPME) – SMEs’ requests to the Juncker Commission

Closing of the meeting and end of the public session


19 June 2015

Interpretation will be provided in DE-EN-ES-FR-IT all day long (apart from Workshop A)

Guarantees for innovative SMEs: Ways to prosperity

08h30 – 09h00 Arrival / Registration / Coffee
09h00 – 09h20

Welcome address and opening remarks

  • Chairman of AECM
  • Guy Selbherr, President, Association of German Guarantee Banks / Verband Deutscher Bürgschaftsbanken (VDB)
09h20 – 09h35

Greeting: “The importance of guarantee banks and SME-oriented investment companies for small and medium-sized companies in Germany”

  • Matthias Machnig, Secretary of State, German Federal Ministry for Economy and Energy
09h35 – 09h45

Opening remarks: “SMEs’ problems in getting access to finance for innovation”

  • Hans Peter Wollseifer, President of the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses / Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks (ZDH)
09h45 – 11h00

Panel: “Innovation financing – are SMEs less innovative than big companies? – How to unlock their full potential”
Moderator: Sabine Seeger, Correspondent Europe VDI-nachrichten

  • Kristin Schreiber, Director, Directorate-General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG Growth), European Commission – How does the European Commission promote innovative SMEs?
  • Pier Luigi Gilibert, CEO, European Investment Fund (EIF) – The role of the EIF in promoting innovative SMEs
  • Matthias Kopka, Partner, Financial Services of Ebner Stolz – How to unlock the potential – which benefits can assurance deliver?
  • Hans Peter Wollseifer, President, German Confederation of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses / Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks (ZDH) – Are craftsmen innovative borrowers?
  • Leonardo Nafissi, Head of Secretariat, Assoconfidi – Guarantee institutions, a key factor in financing innovation
11h00 – 11h30 Coffee break
11h30 – 11h45

Impulse statement: “Investing in innovation – where do we stand in Germany and Europe?”

  • Alexander Schumann, Chief Economist, Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK)
11h45 – 13h00

Panel: “Global benchmarking and cross learning”
Moderator: José Fernando Figueiredo, special Honorary Chairman of AECM with special mandate for international relations, President of IFD and of SPGM

  • Lucia Cusmano, Centre for Entrepreneurship, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and Local Development, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) – Building a conducive environment for innovative SMEs
  • Pietro Calice, Senior Financial Sector Specialist Finance & Markets, World Bank Group – Principles for Public Partial Credit Guarantee Schemes for Small and Medium Enterprises in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies
  • Pablo Pombo González, Founding President of AECM, Secretary General of the Iberoamerican Network of Guarantees (REGAR) – Support and opportunities for innovative and growing SMEs from a Latin American perspective
  • Giuseppe Gramigna, Chief Economist at the Small Business Administration (SBA), United States – Creative Financing Options for innovative, young and fast growing companies – the US example
  • Motohide Hashimoto, Executive Director, Japan Finance Corporation (JFC), Japan – Supporting innovative SMEs’ access to finance: a key factor for a successful economy – the Japanese example
  • Alessandro Bozzo Toselli, Deputy Manager, State Guarantee SME Fund (FOGAPE), Chile – Supporting innovative SMEs’ access to finance: a key factor for a successful economy – the Chilean example
13h00 – 14h30 Lunch break
  Break out sessions “Innovation financing as a business opportunity – examples of successful choices”
14h30 – 16h00

Parallel workshops A and B

Workshop A (please note that interpretation is not provided for this workshop)

Real life stories for promoting innovation with a special focus on innovative ways to use structural funds in promoting innovation
Moderator: Virginie Poncet, Head of International Consulting Activities, Development and International Affairs Department, Bpifrance, France

  • Jörg Lackenbauer, Policy Analyst, Financial Instruments and International Financial Institutions Relations, DG REGIO — Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
  • Goran Becker, Member of the Managing Board, HAMAG-BICRO, Croatia
  • Jacek Szugajew, Vice-President, Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (BGK), Poland
  • Audrius Zabotka, Director General, INVEGA, Lithuania
  • Giedrius Martusevičius, Entrepreneur – Director / Partner UAB “ProBioSanus”

Workshop B

The role of COSME and Horizon 2020 in promoting innovation – from the design of a programme to the implementation and realisation
Moderator: Ana Vizcaíno, Managing Director of the Compañia Española de Reafianzamiento (CERSA), Spain

  • Astrid Bartels, Policy Officer, Unit COSME Financial Instruments, Directorate-General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG Growth), European Commission
  • Vincent Van Steensel, Head of Portfolio Guarantees, European Investment Fund (EIF)
  • Gunnar Mai, Head of EU Guarantee Facilities Guarantees & Securitisation, European Investment Fund (EIF)
  • Jean-Claude Depoisier, Vice-President of the Fédération Nationale des SOCAMA, France
  • Kurt Leutgeb, Head of Guarantees and Subsidies, Austria Wirtschaftsservice (aws), Austria
16h00 – 16h30 Coffee break
16h30 – 17h00 Wrap-up of the workshops by the moderators
17h00 – 17h15 Presentation of AECM annual event in 2016
17h15 – 17h30

Closing of the event by the Chairman of AECM and group photo




UEAPME – Crafts and SMEs 2020
UEAPME – Position Paper – UEAPME comments on EFSI regulation
UEAPME – Position Paper – UEAPME’s reply to the Green Paper Consultation on a Capital Market Union
VÖB – Die Europäische Kapitalmarktunion Impulse des Bundesverbandes Öffentlicher Banken Deutschlands
VÖB – Current positions on the regulation of banks and the financial markets – Summer 2015
Leisure program of the event
Speaker’s biographical profiles




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