Some dates and figures
How we have grown
Our HQ: Founded in Brussels in 1958 as the Treaty of Rome comes into force, we moved to Luxembourg in 1968. We relocated to our current site in 1980 with a major new building extension completed in 2008.
Lending: From ECU 10bn in 1998, our annual lending neared EUR 45bn in the mid-2000 before jumping to EUR 79bn in 2009 as a temporary response the crisis. It was EUR 52bn in 2012.
Capital: From less than ECU 30bn in the early 1990s, our capital-base rose to EUR 242bn at the end of 2012. The capital adequacy ratio was 23% at the end of 2012.
Partner countries: We made our first agreements with non-Member States and non-European countries in the early 1960s. Now we work with over 150 non-EU states which receive around 10% of our funding.
European Investment Fund: The EIF was founded in 1994 to specialise in SME and venture capital investment. The EIB is the majority shareholder with 62.1% supported by the European Commission and private banks.
Our people: From a workforce of 66 in 1958, we topped 1 000 staff in 1999 with the total now approaching 2 000. Most work in Luxembourg but also we have 24 offices, of which eight are outside Europe.