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    The influx of refugees into European Union over the past year presents one of the greatest challenges ever faced by the European Union. Political instability and conflict in the EU’s neighbouring countries are driving this mass movement of people. The need for action with immediate impact is clear.

    As the EU’s bank and the largest IFI lender for projects in the pre-accession and MENA regions, the EIB is committed to assisting EU Member States in addressing the refugee crisis in host countries, transit countries and countries of origin. Our experience of more than three decades in the region means we are best placed to deliver financing as part of the EU response.

    At this event, the 8th Annual Bertelsmann Foundation – Financial Times Conference, President Hoyer presented the EIB’s analysis of the refugee and migration crisis alongside high-level speakers, including Jeroen Dijsselbloem, President of the Eurogroup & Minister of Finance of the Netherlands, and EU Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Kristalina Georgieva.

    The Conference was streamed live with a live conversation on Twitter #bfna16