Information classification at the EIB

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Information classification at the EIB

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The EIB Group acknowledges the importance of the information that we handle, including information that we receive from and send to our clients, partners and suppliers.

At the EIB, we categorise internally-held documents and information according to four classification levels, which you can see displayed in documents or e-mails from the Bank. This classification serves to formalise the different levels of protection in order to control the risk of unauthorised access or disclosure.


Information for general public

Information authorised to be made available to the general public. It can be seen or shared by anyone inside or outside the EIB Group.


Authorised information (default classification level)

Information used for the day-to-day business of the EIB which is allowed to be seen or shared by all EIB employees or authorised workforce and, where applicable, by authorised external parties such as the relevant client, business counterpart or institutional partner.


Sensitive information

Sensitive information which is allowed to be seen or shared on a need-to-know basis only by identified EIB organisational structures or operational teams and, where applicable, by authorised external parties such as the relevant client, business counterpart or institutional partner.


Highly sensitive information

Highly sensitive information which is only allowed to be seen or shared on strict need-to-know basis by a limited number of explicitly authorised functions or individuals inside the organisation or, where applicable, outside the organisation.

EIB counterparties are equally encouraged to protect the information received from the EIB and to apply basic security principles when handling EIB information.

The internal classification serves to install best practices within the EIB and vis-à-vis its clients, partners and suppliers.

It is reminded that publication and disclosure to a member of the public of EIB documents and information is regulated by the EIB Group Transparency Policy. The EIB Group also makes available a Guidance Note for promoters and partners on the EIB Group’s Transparency Policy.