[Ccwg-auctionproceeds] Proposed agenda -new gTLD Auction Proceeds CCWG meeting on Thursday 19 April at 14.00 UTC

Erika Mann erika at erikamann.com
Thu Apr 19 11:42:29 UTC 2018

Dear All -

We will have our call today at 14:00 UTC as usual and we will start the
exchange with Marc D'Hooge from the European Investment Bank (EIB) at 14:30

We have not received from him answers to our questions but we still thought
it's nonetheless a good idea to have an exchange with him. If you remember
we wanted to have an exchange with someone from a) ICANN (we had an
exchange with Xavier and Sam) - with someone from a smaller organization
(we had an exchange with Nominet) - with someone that works as an advisor
to charitable organizations (we had an exchange with Sarah) - and we wanted
an exchange with someone from  a large organization (EIB today).

The EIB is one of the largest investors and the project Marc D'Hooge
oversaw for many years, the so called Risk-Sharing Facility allowed the EIB
and the European Commission to invest in higher risk carrying projects
across Europe and even beyond.

The main reason why we, the leadership team, believe it's good to talk to
Marc D'Hooge lies in the fact that this project forced the EIB and the EC
to cooperate together in a very intensive way. Insofar our exchange with
him today might give us some insight into questions related to the
challenges ICANN might have to expect if if would jointly coordinate the
Auction Proceeds 'Fund' with a second entity. Second, he might be able to
talk about 'oversight' issues as well because the EC had to ensure that key
EC mission related goals were realized - something ICANN will have to do as

Marc D’hooge, was the Deputy Head of Division, Research, Development,
Innovation RSFF Programme Manager and he's now the Managerial Adviser -
InnovFin Program Manager

*Below is a selection of key points the EIB and EC defined in their
Risk-Sharing Finance Facility approach: *


1. *What is RSFF?* RSFF is the acronym for the Risk Sharing Finance
Facility, a new facility jointly developed by the European Commission (EC)
and the European Investment Bank (EIB) to finance higher risk Research,
Technological Development, Demonstration and Innovation investments (RDI

2. *How much is available under RSFF*? RSFF is a EUR 10bn debt facility
financing sub and low investment grade junior/mezzanine/senior financing
for eligible, for high risk RDI project investments. This amount will be
financed by EIB by leveraging up to EUR 2bn of capital of which EUR 1bn is
from the Community Seventh Framework Programme and EUR 1bn from EIB’s own
resources that covers the risks incurred related to higher risk financing.

3. *What are the objectives of the RSFF?* The investment objectives of RSFF
are to facilitate and accelerate RDI investment as the strategic targets
set in most European countries for both public and private sector RDI
investment remain below target. One of the key factors constraining the
implementation of RDI activities is the insufficient availability of
financing, at acceptable terms, to promoters of investments involving
complex products and technologies, unproven markets and intangible assets.
In order to overcome these difficulties, the Commission and the EIB have
joined forces to set up the Risk Sharing Finance Facility, an innovative
scheme to improve access to debt financing for private companies or public
institutions promoting RDI activities.

4. *Who can benefit from RSFF financing?* RSFF financing is provided to
promoters of eligible RSFF projects, i.e. private and public entities of
all sizes and ownership, including Midcaps, Small and Medium-sized
Enterprises (SMEs), Special Purpose Companies, Joint Ventures, PPP’s
Research Institutes, Universities, Science and Technology Parks, Joint
Technology Initiatives as well as Partners collaborating under European
Technology Platforms and Eureka. Beneficiaries under RSFF financing will be
required to present a coherent business plan confirming their capacity to
repay RSFF financing. The EIB will under RSFF provide or guarantee loans
with higher risk profiles compared to its normal financing activities.

7. *What kind of investment can be supported?* The scope of eligible
activities is wide and extends from traditional “brick and mortar”
investments to equipment and intangible investments such as R&D operating
cost, salaries of researchers, management and support staff, utilities,
consumables, IPR acquisition or protection costs.

*8. How much financing can the EIB provide?* Up to a limit of EUR 300m per
project: The share of EIB financing is limited to 50% of the total amount
of eligible project cost, i.e. of the investments in RDI and/or research
infrastructures mentioned above. Small Projects, i.e. with a financing need
of EUR 7.5m or more can be financed directly by the EIB. For small and
medium-sized enterprises and projects with an investment cost of up to EUR
25m, the EIB is also in the process of establishing a network of RSFF
Framework risk sharing credit facilities to be made available to its
partner banks in the EU and in Associated Countries.

Looking forward to our call today,

On Tue, Apr 17, 2018 at 6:18 PM, Marika Konings <marika.konings at icann.org>

> Dear All,
> Please find below the proposed agenda for the next new gTLD Auction
> Proceeds CCWG meeting which is scheduled for Thursday 19 April at 14.00
> UTC. You are encouraged to review the attached documents ahead of the
> meeting and share any comments and / or proposed edits you may have with
> the mailing list.
> Best regards,
> Marika
> *Proposed Agenda – new gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross-Community Working Group
> Meeting – Thursday 19 April at 14.00 UTC. *
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>    1. Roll call
>    2. Welcome / SOI & DOI Updates
>    3. Review and discuss proposed response to ICANN Board (see draft
>    letter attached)
>    4. Review and discuss proposed update to examples document (see
>    attached)
>    5. (at 14.30 UTC) Exchange with external experts – Marc D’Hooge,
>    Managerial Adviser, Innovation Finance Advisory, European Investment
>    Bank
>    6. Confirm next steps and next meeting – Thursday 26 April at 14.00 UTC
> *Marika Konings*
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