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Investing in social infrastructure in Europe: what role can PPPs play?

On January 29th, 2013, a Policies & Practices session was dedicated to the topic “Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) to develop social policies”. The main conclusion of the debate was that PPPs are a strong solution to implement Member States’ policies in a cost-effective way, especially in a context of austerity. 


5 years later, in January 2018, the European Commission and the European Association of Long-term Investors released the report “Boosting Investment in Social Infrastructure in Europe”[1]. It underlines the need for “long-term social investment”, which can be achieved only through “a real boost in public and private investments, working hand in hand to provide the most appropriate, efficient social infrastructure for people”. The report stresses also that “Public-private partnerships (PPPs) […] are financial innovations which […] have proven their usefulness at local level.” 


However, in continental Europe, the recourse to PPPs is still quite uncommon, and even rarer in the social sector. Moreover, the total number of PPP contracts, all sectors combined, in the European Union has been decreasing since the early 2010s.


Such a situation raises numerous questions that could be addressed during the next Policies & Practices’ session among which:

  • The available recommendations to strengthen the access to quality and affordable social services for all, today and in the future
  • The state of play of PPPs in the social field, with different stakeholders’ views
  • The bottlenecks limiting  PPPs development in the social sector and the solutions that can be brought forward to unleash their deployment

Speakers addressing these issues include:


Ariane Rodert is President Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and appointed as EESC Group III member by the Swedish government representing civil society interests.

In this capacity she represents the Swedish civil society umbrella, Forum – idéburna organisationer med social inriktning, gathering civil society umbrellas in the social sector, social economy and non-profit welfare stakeholders. She is also Senior Policy Adviser at the Secretariat of the Archbishop and General Secretary for the Church of Sweden.

Ariane’s key area of expertise in the EESC and at European level is social economy enterprises, social innovation and social investment and she has drafted several key opinions on these subject, and is often consulted on these topics by the European institutions and Member States. She is member of the EESC Presidency, a Board Member of EESC Group III and serve as expert in various contexts such as the OECD.

Ariane holds a Master of Science degree in Business and Economics from the University of Stockholm.



Mathieu Prengel is a policy officer at the Permanent Representation to the EU of French public financial institution Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations. His portfolio covers the coordination of the Intergroup on Long-term investment & Reindustrialisation in the European Parliament, social affairs, sustainable finance and the financing of social infrastructures. In this capacity he assisted the work of the ELTI report “Boosting Investment in Social Infrastructure in Europe”. Mathieu Prengel is a graduate in History of European Integration (Paris-Sorbonne Université) and European Policies & Public Affairs (Institute of Political Studies, Strasbourg).




Filippo Munisteri is an economic analyst within the Treasury and Financial directorate at DG ECFIN in the European Commission. Filippo is part of the team coordinating the negotiation of the new InvestEU programme and coordinating relations with the EIB Group and other IFIs. Until 2017, he was employed in Telecom regulation department of DG CNECT, when dealt high speed broadband financing and took part in the negotiation of the new Telecom Regulatory Framework.


Prior to joining the European Commission in 2011 he was senior consultant at Deloitte (2007-2011) in the EMEA hub for policy evaluation where he worked on behalf of several international institutions. He also has experience in banking.


Filippo holds a Master Degree in Economics and Master of Arts in European Economic Affairs from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.



Monika Chaba works for the Social Investment Strategy Unit in the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission. She is in charge of the social services file and is a member of active inclusion team. She is interested in integrated delivery of social services and quality assessment of social services' provision and delivery. Previously, she has worked in the Commission's Secretariat General and Internal Audit Department. Prior to joining the European Commission, she worked in the private sector as European affairs communication consultant. She holds a MA in European Studies of University of Exeter, UK and Jagiellonian University, Poland.







Tuesday 28 November, 2023





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