Vice-President Scannapieco's areas of oversight include financing of SMEs and mid-caps, equity and equity-type products, migration, counterpart monitoring and restructuring, EIB – EIF cooperation, relations with the Long-Term Investors Club (LTIC, jointly with President Hoyer leading), Adriatic Sea strategy, financing operations in Croatia, Italy, Malta, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, Serbia, Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF), Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya**, Palestine*** and Syria****

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* This designation is without prejudice to the positions expressed by the EU Member States on Kosovo’s status and is in line with United Nations Security Council Resolution No. 1244/1999 and the International Court of Justice Opinion of 22 July 2010 on Kosovo’s declaration of independence.

** The EIB will start operating in Libya after it signs a Framework Agreement with the country – currently under preparation.

*** This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of the Member States on this issue.

**** Following EU sanctions in November 2011, the EIB has suspended all loan disbursements and technical advisory contracts for projects in Syria.