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Barbara BALKE

Director General and General Counsel

  • 98-100, boulevard Konrad Adenauer

Curriculum Vitae

This CV is based on information provided to the EIB by the person concerned.

Personal information:

  • German


  • 2018: Appointed as Deputy General Counsel of the EIB
  • 2013-2018: Director and Head of Department, Legal Department, Corporate, EIB, responsible for advice on the EIB Statute and all corporate policy documents, mandates and borrowing/treasury operations
  • 2008-2013: Deputy Director of Human Resources, EIB
  • 2006-2008: Head of EIB Division responsible for legal aspects of financing operations in Central and Eastern Europe
  • 1999-2006: Various positions within the EIB’s Legal Service
  • 1996-1999: Attorney at law (Rechtsanwältin) with Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund (later Freshfields Deringer)
  • 1992-1996: legal trainee (Rechtsreferendarin), Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf


  • 1996: Admitted to the bar in Cologne/Germany
  • 1996: Doctorate in Law (Dr. iur.), University of Bonn
  • 1992: Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of Edinburgh
  • 1986-1991: Degree in Law (Staatsexamen), University of Bonn