Save the date: ECSA F.I.T. lunchtime webinars

07 May 2021

ECSA F.I.T. lunchtime webinars - Finance, Innovation, Transition


The shipping and financial services stakeholders are meeting online to discuss the current opportunities and challenges of ship financing.


ECSA is organising an event to bring together regulators, maritime experts and the financial services stakeholders to discuss the currently ongoing finance initiatives and to find practical and usable solutions for facilitating the European ambitions.


In the times ahead, the European shipping industry is facing both opportunities and challenges.

The shipping industry needs sufficiently available and affordable financing to keep its commitment to work towards a sustainable economy. The success of the shipping industry goes hand in hand with the success of the financial services industry. Let it be regulator or market actor, the shipping industry and the financial services industry need to join forces to get one step closer towards the common goal. 

European shipowners cooperate with the shipbuilding sector, ports, equipment manufacturers and the research community, to name just a few. This facilitates innovative and sustainable solutions to drive the whole maritime industry together towards a greener future in key areas such as air emissions, waste management, and the protection of marine life. The European shipping industry embraces these challenges and is committed to taking the global lead for green shipping.


The programme of the first webinar – Finance on 08 June (12:30-13:50 CEST) is:


ECSA F.I.T. - welcome speech by Claes Berglund, President of ECSA


Finance session moderated by Christos V. Gortsos, Professor of Public Economic Law at the Law School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens; President of the Academic Board of the European Banking Institute (EBI).

Keynote speech: Rachel Smit, European Commission, Member of Cabinet of Commissioner Vălean for Maritime transport summarizing the ongoing regulatory initiatives.

Panel discussion on EU ship financing trends, ongoing regulatory initiatives on addressing the financing gap.

Szymon Oscislowski, Policy Advisor, European Commission, DG MOVE;

Catrien Scheers, CEO at FastLines;

Eleni Choidas, Policy Adviser on Sustainable Finance, EBF; 


Round-up by the moderator


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For further information on the webinars, you are welcome to contact Francesco Tanzi, Senior Advisor Communications/PR (



Please note that this online event will be recorded and the recording is kept online as long as considered to serve the overall information and training purpose for the general public. Your participation to the online event involves your acceptance of being recorded, with respect to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). You have the possibility to report any problem by lodging a complaint according to the procedure referred on ECSA website under Privacy and Data security Policy. 
By registering and logging on to the ECSA online event, the participant agrees to the following:
- personally identifiable information of participants may be heard, seen, read, collected, or used by ECSA as the organiser and other online event participants ;
- any communication or information transmitted during the online event, such as voice, life instant messaging displaying names of those intervening, presentations, are available to the organisers and are also recorded for ECSA’s further promotion and information purposes ;
- ECSA may further use the information available on the online event such as invitee lists, attendee logs, information on the online event subject matter and the recording thereof.