GIIA members signal openness to invest in Europe amid protectionist concerns

The renewables sector (solar, wind and biomass) and digital infrastructure are the two most attractive opportunities for investment over the next three years, according to a selection of GIIA members who gathered in London to discuss future trends and impacts on European investment strategies.

When asked about their geographical priorities, the investors saw the Nordic region, Germany, Spain/Portugal and the UK as the most attractive destinations for future investment in infrastructure.

Whilst investment sentiment remains largely positive and optimistic about the future, concerns were raised that the flow of investment capital could be under threat. Private investors think that potential protectionist policies are their most significant concern over the next 36 months.

The seminar, hosted by GIIA members Ashurst and KPMG, was held the day after the launch of the UK government’s Green Paper on National Security and Infrastructure Investment.

Commenting on the findings, Andrew Rose, CEO of GIIA said:

“Whilst our membership is positive and proactive about the future, there are increasing concerns.  Protectionist sentiment is on the rise in Europe and the infrastructure investment gap will not get filled without Government and private investors working together. GIIA is committed to open dialogue with Governments to find constructive ways to help deliver world class infrastructure that will benefit users of those assets.

“We welcome the specific opportunity to provide helpful and open feedback to the UK Government as it seeks to review powers related to national security infrastructure. It is absolutely critical that we respond to their calls for evidence and engagement, and make the case for private capital.”