Our impact in 2016

Our impact in 2016
President Hoyer presented the EU bank’s 2016 activities and achievements and the strategic outlook for 2017 at the EIB’s annual press conference.

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The EIB Group in 2016: A strong contribution for European growth and investment

In 2016, the EIB Group signed operations worth EUR 83.8 billion. At its results press conference on 24 January 2017, the EIB Group, consisting of the European Investment Bank and the European Investment Fund (EIF), announced a record financing of more than EUR 33 billion for Europe’s small and medium-sized enterprises. “At a time of uncertainty the EIB Group has shown that a truly European approach to investment is bearing fruit,” said EIB President Werner Hoyer. But he warned, “Recovery is still slow. 2017 must see a real stepping-up of reform.”


EIB investments in the UK and Ireland in 2016

Last year the European Investment Bank provided more than GBP 5.5 billion for a record number of UK based projects. New financing agreed in 2016 represented the second largest annual engagement since the start of EIB lending in the UK in 1973. The EIB also provided more than EUR 825 million for investment across Ireland during 2016. Backing for 12 different initiatives to improve crucial services, enhance key infrastructure and unlock economic opportunities represented the largest number of schemes supported in Ireland in 24 years.


European Investment Bank confirms backing for Colombo water network

The European Investment Bank will provide EUR 50 million to support improvement and expansion of sewage networks across the Sri Lankan capital Colombo. The new loan will help Colombo Municipal Council to achieve its goal of providing full sanitation coverage to benefit people living and working in the greater Colombo area. The new EIB loan is European Investment Bank’s first ever support for water investment in Sri Lanka and the first loan for public sector investment agreed with the new post civil-war government.


EUR 70m “Juncker Plan” loan for a Spanish family business

The European Investment Bank will finance Spanish family business SAICA's investment in new technologies to improve the sustainability and energy efficiency of its factory in Zaragoza. The aim of this loan is to help the company, specialised in producing paper for corrugated cardboard, to implement new sustainable production processes geared towards the circular economy. 




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