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EIB on the ground

Facts on the ground 
Sound, sustainable investment projects in every EU country. Read the story behind the project in your country. 

Raise a glass of Porto for Portugal’s 40 years with the EIB
Through the eyes of Portuguese citizens, how four decades of EIB loans changed the country from the world’s longest bridge to clean beaches.  

Take an online course to learn what the EU budget can do for your region or city
The EIB joins a massive open online course (MOOC) to help regional and local authorities navigate policy-making in EU affairs—and get better funding too. Register to take the course.

Investment Plan for Europe at a glance
  Investment Plan for Europe at a glance  

Driving investment in strategic projects across the EU
See the latest European Fund for Strategic Investments dashboard.

Big news for small business on a small island
The EIF and APS Bank signed the first SME financing agreement in Malta under EFSI. The agreement allows APS to provide low-cost loans to innovative SMEs in Malta over the next two years.

Make it EUR 630 bn! EFSI gets an extension
The European Commission proposes to double the duration and size of the European Fund for Strategic Investments, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in his "State of the Union" speech to the European Parliament.

Young entrepreneur heats the iron
  The European Investment Fund at glance  

Smoothing the way to social inclusion—with an ironing business 
An immigrant from Mexico, Cristina opened her ironing shop in Istrana, near Treviso, offering a quality, low-cost, time-saving service. With a EUR 20,000 loan backed by the EIF, she opened La Catrina Ironing in the spring.

Access to Finnish finance for SMEs
The SME Initiative aims to boost the competiveness of Finland's micro, small and medium-sized businesses through increased access to finance. That means real growth and real jobs.

Slovak SMEs get boost from EIF
Two agreements totalling EUR 135 million between the EIF and ČSOB enhances access to finance for 6,000 small and medium sized companies in Slovakia.

Tackling global challenges
  Tackling global challenges  

Fight the heartbreak: EIB calls for partners to confront forced displacement and migration
At the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants in New York, EIB President Werner Hoyer called for new partnerships to tackle the migration and refugee challenges. He also launched a big new EIB plan, the Economic Resilience Initiative. 

How the EU bank is tackling the challenge of migration
The EIB is currently working on new measures, with its Economic Resilience Initiative at the fore, to help give communities in regions troubled by poverty, climate change, and violent conflict a real chance of building a settled and sustainable existence as close to home as possible.

EIB supports “Jobs Compact“ in Ethiopia
Ethiopia, which hosts the largest population of refugees in Africa, could benefit from a programme of investment aimed at helping thousands of refugees into work. The project is seen as a flagship project for sub-Saharan Africa. 

  Highlights from the EIB September Board  
  upcoming events  
Global Implications of Europe's Redesign   New York, USA
  5-6 Oct
IMF/World Bank meetings   Washington, USA   7–9 Oct
UN Habitat III conference   Quito, Ecuador   17-20 Oct
MOOC: EU budget and funding for regions and cities     31 Oct
COP 22   Marrakech, Morroco   7-18 Nov
European Microfinance Week   Luxembourg   16-18 Nov
EIB Annual Economics Conference   Luxembourg   17 Nov
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