Ukraine: EIB President Werner Hoyer visit and EU commitment to supporting Ukraine
1 December 2014
The European Investment Bank’s (EIB) President Werner Hoyer and Vice-President Laszlo Baranyay met with President Petro Poroshenko and with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenuk in Kiev today, reaffirming the EU Bank’s support for the Ukrainian economy. They discussed current challenges and priorities for the country, as well as further loans to be provided under the EU support package.
EIB President Werner Hoyer said: “The EIB is committed to supporting priority projects in Ukraine so it can better face its recent challenges. The EU bank stands ready to sign more than EUR 1 billion in total loans for this year, as part of the EUR 3 billion package targeted for 2014-2016.” With a stock of EUR 2.1 billion signed loans, Ukraine is already the biggest recipient of EIB lending among the EU’s Eastern Partner Countries.
During the visit, two loans were signed:
A EUR 150 million loan to upgrade the gas transmission infrastructure along the Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhgorod pipeline; and
A EUR 85 million loan to upgrade the storage and food-processing infrastructure of the MHP group, modernising its production capacity
The Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhgorod gas pipeline transports natural gas from Russia to Ukraine and the EU and also, through reverse flows, from the EU to Ukraine. The EIB loan contributes to improving the gas transmission infrastructure by financing the replacement of two compressor units and of around 119 km corroded pipeline sections. This will reduce fuel consumption and extend the operational lifetime of the pipeline. The project will be co-financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and PJSC Ukrtransgaz. The upgrade is fully secured by the EU comprehensive guarantee under the 2014-2020 External Lending Mandate.
The EUR 85 million loan to MHP, a leading Ukrainian agri-food producer, will help enhance the country’s food supply and improve environmental sustainability, feed and food quality, and storage capacity. The project will also increase the resilience of Ukrainian agricultural production in relation to adverse climate events and climate change. It will generate additional employment in Ukraine’s rural communities, promoting the country’s economic development and its integration within international markets. Risk associated with the loan to MHP will be secured by the EU political risk guarantee.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Ministry of Health of Moldova have today signed a €498 000 grant agreement funded by the EIB-managed EPTATF. These funds will cover the establishment of a project implementation unit in the Ministry of Health to assist it in the preparation of feasibility studies, the functional plan, the preliminary design and tender documents for the planned construction of the two new regional hospitals in Cahul and Bălți. Swedfund has provided a SEK 10 million (almost €1 million) grant to cover the cost of the feasibility study and design of the Cahul hospital.
The top management of the Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) met in Luxembourg today to discuss future collaboration between the two institutions. The visit took place in the margins of the NIB’s Board of Directors meeting in Luxembourg, following the EIB’s visit to the headquarters of NIB in Helsinki in 2019.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing a €120 million loan to the heating systems manufacturer Vaillant Group, supporting the company’s ongoing investments into research, development and innovation related to modern heating technologies. The project will be implemented primarily at the group’s headquarters in Remscheid, Germany, and will include investments in other EU countries such as France, Spain and Slovakia.