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Haïti : la BEI et ACME annoncent la signature d’un prêt de 223 millions de gourdes (3 millions d’EUR) destiné au microfinancement d’entreprises

  •  Release date: 22/05/2017
La BEI a signé aujourd'hui un accord de prêt d'un montant de 3 millions d'euros avec Action pour la Coopération avec la Microentreprise (ACME) afin d’élargir l’accès aux financements pour les femmes et les emprunteurs des régions rurales, ainsi que pour la population vivant dans les zones touchées par l’ouragan Matthew. La ligne de crédit de la BEI permettra de financer jusqu’à 20.000 micro prêts en Haïti et de donner accès au crédit à des populations défavorisées dans tout le pays.

Germany: Investment Plan for Europe - EIB grants financing to Biofrontera

  •  Release date: 19/05/2017
The EIB will grant financing of up to EUR 20 million to the German biopharmaceutical company Biofrontera AG. The loan agreement has been signed today in Luxemburg. EUR 10m will be available for disbursement from signature, and further installments will be disbursed based on pre-defined commercial and regulatory milestones. EIB’s transaction with Biofrontera was made possible by the support of the “European Fund for Strategic Investments” (EFSI). EFSI is the central pillar of the “Investment Plan for Europe”, in which EIB Group and the European Commission are strategic partners.

EIB backs EUR 11 billion of new financing and welcomes European Parliament support to expand Investment Plan for Europe

  •  Release date: 16/05/2017
The Board of the EIB today approved a total of EUR 10.8 billion of new financing for 43 projects in the fields of energy, social housing, and support for business and innovation investment across Europe and beyond.

China: EIB confirms support for Belt and Road initiative

  •  Release date: 16/05/2017
The EIB formally agreed to support China’s Belt and Road initiative, at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation opened by President Xi Jinping.

Nicaragua: USD 136 million for construction of bus rapid transit line in Managua

  •  Release date: 15/05/2017
The EIB is providing USD 136 million to finance the construction of a new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line in Managua to run alongside Avenida de Juan Pablo II, one of the capital’s main arteries.

Improved outlook for bank lending in emerging Europe as funding conditions stabilize and stocks of bad loans fall, new Vienna Initiative reports show

  •  Release date: 11/05/2017
The external positions of BIS reporting banks in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe (CESEE) have broadly stabilized, and post-crisis deleveraging seems to have been largely completed, while banks’ strategies in the region have become more selective, according to two new reports from the Vienna Initiative. A third such report shows that levels of bad loans in the region declined in the year to mid-2016, but in several countries, they continue to have a negative impact on the local economy, and further action is needed to deal with them.

Georgia: The EU bank introduces a broad range of financial instruments to support small and medium-sized businesses

  •  Release date: 08/05/2017
Delivering on its key objective of private sector development in Georgia, the EIB Group (EIB and EIF) is implementing two new programmes developed jointly with the European Commission. These two programmes were prepared in the context of the Association Agreement of Georgia with the EU: the DCFTA Initiative East as well as the EU Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020: InnovFin – EU Finance for Innovators. 

Spain: EIB and Santander Consumer Finance sign agreement to provide EUR 150 million for financing commercial vehicles of SMEs

  •  Release date: 08/05/2017
The EIB has granted Santander Consumer Finance, a company in the Banco Santander Group, a EUR 75 million loan for providing Spanish SMEs with credit on favourable terms.  Santander Consumer Finance will match the loan with the same amount, meaning that a total of EUR 150 million will be made available for financing small businesses. The agreement was signed in Madrid by EIB Vice-President Román Escolano and the CEO of Banco Santander and head of Santander Consumer Finance, Magda Salarich, and will be used specifically for financing the commercial vehicles of small and medium-sized enterprises.

Finland: Investment Plan for Europe - EIB supports MariaDB with financing for accelerated growth

  •  Release date: 08/05/2017
The EIB announced a EUR 25m funding of MariaDB, the company behind the fastest growing Open Source database, to support the company’s next stage of growth and database innovation. This EIB operation is guaranteed under the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), a key element of the European Commission’s Investment Plan for Europe, aiming at reviving investment in strategic projects around Europe. 

Germany: EIB lends Deutsche Leasing EUR 100 million

  •  Release date: 05/05/2017
The EIB and Deutsche Leasing have signed a EUR 100 million promotional lending agreement. Deutsche Leasing will use the EIB loan to provide finance for firms in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, targeting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and midcaps (firms with up to 3,000 employees) undertaking long-term projects. There is a possibility of increasing this EU bank loan to Deutsche Leasing by EUR 50 million to EUR 150 million at a later date.