EIB Public Register - Frequently asked questions
Why has the EIB set up a public register of environmental documents?
The EIB decided to set up a Public Register of environmental documents to enhance the transparency of its operations. In accordance with Regulation (EC) N°1367/2006 (the Aarhus Regulation) Community institutions and bodies shall organise the environmental information which is relevant to their function and which is held by them, with a view to its active and systematic dissemination to the public.
You can find more detailed information here:
Regulation (EC) N°1367/2006 (Article 4)
What is the relationship between the EIB Public Register and the other parts of the EIB’s website?
They are complementary. If you are looking for general information and documents on the EIB’s main activities, you should first consult the other parts of the website, which extensively inform the public about our activities. The public register, on the other hand, is a specific transparency tool which focuses on the environmental and social documents held by the Bank.
What type of information/documents does the Public Register contain?
The Public Register currently includes the key project-related environmental and social documents held by the Bank, namely:
- EIB Environmental and Social Data Sheets (ESDS), which summarise the EIB’s environmental and social appraisal of individual projects. ESDSs are published on the Public Register following project approval by the EIB Board of Directors.
- EIB Environmental and Social Completion Sheets (ESCS), which summarise the Bank’s assessment of environmental and social issues at project completion stage and are published on the register when available after the completion of the EIB investment.
- Non-Technical Summaries (NTS) of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) carried out by the project promoters and published on the Register during project appraisal when received by the EIB.
- The equivalent of the NTS (for projects outside the EU), carried out by the project promoters and published on the Register during project appraisal when received by the EIB.
- Environmental and Social Impact Study/Statement (EIS) (for projects outside the EU), carried out by the project promoters and published on the Register during project appraisal when received by the EIB.
Since December 2016, the Public Register also contains some of the EIB’s key environmental policy documents, strategies and guidelines, such as the EIB Environmental and Social Handbook, the Carbon Footprint Reports, and the EIB Climate Strategy. These will be added as and when they become available (and if deemed applicable).
For each document, and when applicable, the register contains:
- The name of the project to which the document refers to
- The date of publication on the Register
- The language of the document
- The main topic and focus of the document
- The code or reference number of the document
- The type of document
- The number of the Project the document refers to
- The sector of the project the document refers to
- The country(ies) and/or region(s) where the project is located
- The link to the summary sheet of the project and/or other relevant documents
Does the public register contain all of the environmental and social documents held by the Bank?
No. The public register strikes a balance between its transparency objective and the administrative reality of the EIB. The public register currently contains both documents related to the projects financed by the Bank, which constitute the key part of the EIB’s activity, as well as some of the key environmental policy documents, strategies and guidelines produced by the EIB since 2012. Other documents such as brochures, press releases or other documents which might indirectly refer to the environment are already published on the Bank website and can be easily accessed by the public.
Regarding the projects financed by the Bank, each project generates its own unique collection of documentation, which can change over time either in format or naming. In certain cases, the Bank might receive documents containing varying levels of environmental information regarding its operations (for example, studies or reports provided by a project promoter or other third party) along with commercially sensitive information. These documents are currently not published on the Register and their public disclosure is handled in line with the provisions of the EIB Group Transparency Policy (see below). The EIB’s resources would not allow us to formally register and provide online access to every single environmental and social document/information that we hold. This would be in contradiction with rules of confidentiality and proportionality, or simply very difficult because of technical constraints. However, we seek to grant the widest possible access to environmental and social information related to our activities. The public register therefore currently contains the main standardised environmental and social documents that it holds regarding its operations.
Also note that the public register currently contains documents related to projects financed by the Bank from 2012 onwards and does not apply retroactively. However, the fairly detailed information that we provide in relation to this public register, as well as in our “Guide to accessing environmental and social information/documents held by the EIB”, provides a good insight into the type of environmental and social documents which we hold.
Will the public Register develop?
Yes. The EIB is progressively developing the register and its content and technical features will continue to develop in the future.
The EIB welcomes comments and suggestions from all stakeholders as to how to further improve the Public Register.
How can I ask for access to documents that are not directly available in the public register?
You may consider to submit an application for access to documents in line with the EIB Group Transparency Policy. Application for access to documents can be sent to the EIB Infodesk. Alternatively, the EIB can be contacted through its external offices. Queries regarding details of a specific project, in particular when it is under appraisal by the EIB, should preferably be addressed directly to project promoters. The Bank does not object to project promoters, borrowers, or other competent parties making information available on their relationship and arrangements with the EIB.