Chronology of the EIB: 1958-2017

 

2008-2017: Against the economic cycle: Big support for small businesses

The Investment Plan for Europe aims to make this a decade in which small and medium-sized businesses and innovative technologies find financial backing that might previously have been denied. A special capital increase allowed us to raise our support to the economic recovery and have considerable impact on the lives of citizens.

1998-2007: Responsible finance for the planet… and beyond

In 2007 the EIB issued the world’s first Green Bonds. Its mission? Raise more money to fight climate change, by financing projects in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency. We also supported big science innovations, such as the final phase of construction of the large hadron collider at CERN, aimed at reproducing the conditions that existed at the beginning of the Big Bang.

1988-1997: Revitalising our cities, investing far away

Urban regeneration projects were a focus for EIB operations during these years, when the Bank started to provide financing to Eastern European countries after the fall of the Berlin wall. A decade of firsts: first operations in euros, first investments in Gaza/West Bank, first activities in South Africa.

1978-1987: Connecting Europe

Financing innovative European companies as well as strategic infrastructure that can connect the common European market has been a goal since EIB’s inception. During these years, the Bank moved to its new Luxembourg headquarters in Kirchberg, and issued its first operation in ecus.

1968-1977: New home and first external offices

In 1968 the European Investment Bank moved its headquarters from Brussels to Luxembourg. The first external offices were also inaugurated, starting with Brussels and Rome. The Bank focused mainly on financing strategic infrastructure, as well as on supporting the European industry in response to the energy crisis.

1958-1967: A bank for the new Europe, a bank for the world

Amid the splendour of Michelangelo’s architectural innovations, six European countries signed the Treaty of Rome, which founded the European Investment Bank in 1958. Four years after its inception, the Bank was authorised to finance projects also outside the European Community. This marked the beginning of the extension of EIB’s activities around the globe.