15
may
2014
WTC Amsterdam, A/F Building, Conference Centre, auditorium, Zuidplein, Strawinskylaan 77, 1077 XW
Amsterdam

The EIB’s new permanent presence in the Netherlands, an office in the heart of the Amsterdam-Zuid business district, was formally inaugurated yesterday by Prime Minister Mark Rutte and President Hoyer on Thursday 15 May.

Prime Minister Rutte highlighted the important contribution made by the EIB for crucial investment in the Netherlands in recent years and emphasised his expectations of increased engagement and closer links that would be developed following the opening of the new office.  A significant new investment by the European Investment Bank totalling more than EUR 1 billion was formally agreed prior to the opening. It will support new healthcare and renewable energy infrastructure, as well as SME lending in the Netherlands.

Following the formal opening of the new office, to be headed by Johan-Willem Löhr, the Prime Minister, President Hoyer and Vice President van Ballekom opened an EIB hosted conference on investment opportunities in the Netherlands.  The conference, attended by over 150 government, business and stakeholder representatives included a discussion with key business partners of the EIB in the Netherlands. 

Paul Smits, CFO of the Port of Rotterdam, Wouter Bos, Head of Board of Directors of the VU University Medical Centre Amsterdam and Berry Marttin, Member of the Executive Board of Rabobank Nederland, as well as Bernard Wientjes, the President of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers discussed the main priorities and challenges of investment in the country.


The debate covered investment, growth and innovation in the Netherlands and addressed the need for better cooperation between the business sectors and government, as well as universities and other stakeholders so as to optimise growth and job creation.

For questions regarding the programme of the event, please contact:

Communication Department
Phone: (+352) 43 79 88370
Email: j.degraaf@eib.org