Some dates and figures

Some dates and figures

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Our impact in 2018 and beyond

Since its establishment in 1958 the EU bank has invested over a trillion euros.

Boosting GDP and jobs

The EIB Group’s investments in 2018 will have a considerable impact on Europe’s economy, adding 1 million jobs by 2022.

How we have grown

Our HQ: Founded in Brussels in 1958 as the Treaty of Rome comes into force, we moved to Luxembourg in 1968. We relocated to our current site in 1980 with a major new building extension completed in 2008.

Lending: From ECU 10bn in 1988, our annual lending neared EUR 45bn in the mid-2000s before jumping to EUR 79bn in 2009 as a temporary response to the crisis. It was EUR 55.63bn in 2018.

Capital: From less than ECU 30bn in the early 1990s, our capital-base rose to EUR 243bn at 1st July 2013. The capital adequacy ratio was 28.7% at the end of 2013.

Partner countries: We made our first agreements with non-Member States and non-European countries in the early 1960s. Now we work with over 150 non-EU states which receive around 10% of our funding.

European Investment Fund: The EIF was founded in 1994 to specialise in SME and venture capital investment. The EIB is the majority shareholder supported by the European Commission and private banks.

Our people: From a workforce of 66 in 1958, we passed 1 000 staff members in 1999, and the total is now over 2 900. Most work in Luxembourg, but we also have external offices, in the European Union and across the regions in which we are active around the world.

Chronology of the EIB: 1958-2017

The European Investment Bank shares a common history with the European Communities, linked to their establishment and development over the years. This chronology covers the key events involving the Bank between 1958 and 2017.

EIB Buildings history and architecture

Founded in 1958 by the Treaty of Rome, the EIB was first located in Brussels before it moved to Luxembourg in 1968.