Vice-President Östros’s areas of oversight include financing of energy, health and life sciences, development (policy and horizontal issues, jointly with Vice-President Fayolle), financing operations in Austria, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Russia*, the ACP countries (Africa and the Pacific, except the Caribbean States and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), jointly with Vice-President Fayolle), relations with the EIB Group Audit Committee, corporate responsibility, diversity and inclusion, Legal – lending operations and the Baltic Sea strategy. Vice-President Östros also oversees the relations with the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and the European Ombudsman, the relations with the Gulf countries relations with central bank debt management offices, relations with the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and the Nordic Investment Bank (NIB).
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a €72 million loan agreement with the Lapland Hospital District (LSHP) in northern Finland. LSHP operates the Central Hospital in Rovaniemi and will use the financing for a major overhaul of the facilities, including the construction of a new psychiatric hospital. The original Central Hospital premises were commissioned in 1988, while the psychiatric hospital is located in a larger-than-needed former tuberculosis clinic 30 km away. With today’s space requirements, efficient workflows, legal requirements and modern design standards, this situation warranted an investment to modernise and improve the situation for patients and staff alike.