All the projects we finance must be bankable. But they also must comply with high technical, environmental and social standards.
The combined expertise of our economists, engineers, financial analysts and climate specialists ensures the success of our projects. In turn, the stamp of approval from our specialists triggers more investment from the private sector.
We lend to the public and private sectors. We support small companies through local banks and lend money to innovative start-ups. Mid-cap companies can receive direct support for research and development investments.
We do not lend more than half of the cost of a project, because we want our loans to crowd in financing from private investors and other public financial institutions.
The Bank offers a wide range of financial products at favourable terms. For certain projects that support innovation and skills in Europe, we accept more risk than a commercial bank. We also offer technical assistance to help prepare and implement projects.
The EIB is a very good deal for the EU. We put money to work. Not taxpayer money – but money we raise from investors on the capital markets.
The EIB is financially autonomous. We raise money by issuing bonds on international capital markets. Our excellent credit rating means we raise money at good rates. We pass on these benefits to our clients.
We are one of the greenest multilateral banks on the global markets. Our bankers invented the green bond market.
Responding to today’s challenges
In response to the financial crisis, the Bank embarked on a path of change and modernisation. And it has produced real results.
One of our tools is the European Fund for Strategic Investments. It aims to bridge the big investment gap in Europe by creating EUR 500 billion in investment by 2020. By the end of 2018, the EIB Group had approved EUR 70.4 billion in financing for EFSI and mobilised EUR 375.5 billion in investment.
But our response to today’s priorities goes beyond the EU borders. The EIB’s Economic Resilience Initiative increases financing in the Southern Neighbourhood and the Western Balkans, also in the context of the migration challenge. This initiative enables us to respond to future crises more quickly and efficiently.
Europe faces a historic opportunity. We need to reimagine European unity as a collective endeavour, as the only way in which we can turn threats to our way of life into the possibility to create a better life for all.
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