EIB to support EUR 3.4 billion new investment in business, innovation, agriculture and tourism
16 May 2019
EUR 2 billion of support for private sector investment
EUR 820 million for research and innovation
Dedicated financing for tourism investment in France
The Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank (EIB) approved a total of EUR 3.4 billion of new financing that will strengthen research and innovation and enable companies to expand and improve access to water, transport, and education. This will support new projects in 17 countries.
“Europe must build on its technological and scientific strengths and remain competitive for future generations. Today the EU Bank backed new investment that will allow world class companies to expand, scientists to improve medicine and healthcare, and ensure that research can flourish.” said Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank.
Highlights of the EIB Board of Directors meeting include:
Accelerating research and innovation
The EIB agreed EUR 820 million of new financing to support innovation and combat climate change.
New projects will strengthen fundamental research in Poland and Germany, enhance neuroscience and back development of battery technology by Northvolt at their gigafactory in Sweden.
Supporting business and jobs
The EIB approved more than EUR 2 billion of financing to support new investment by small and medium sized companies.
This will include dedicated credit lines to ensure that companies in vulnerable sectors can grow, and financing reaches programmes that target the specific investment challenges faced by female entrepreneurs, farmers, firms involved in the circular economy.
The EU Bank agreed financing for a new programme to support tourism investment in south-west France.
Trade across central Europe will also benefit from EIB financing to improve rail connections to the Slovenian port of Koper.
New EIB support will back local private sector financing initiatives with partners in Italy, Spain and Malawi.
Reducing flood risk and improving wastewater treatment
The EIB approved nearly 500 million of new support for water and river management investment
Thousands of people living in communities vulnerable to flooding will benefit from new EIB investment to reduce the risk of flooding of the Waal River in the Netherlands and the Rio Salado in northern Argentina.
The EIB also agreed to support new investment to upgrade the sewage network in the Serbian capital city Belgrade.
EUR 770 million of investment backed by the Investment Plan for Europe
Financing for five projects approved by the EIB board will be guaranteed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). This is expected to support overall investment totalling more than EUR 2.8 billion
In line with the European Consensus on Development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the agreement will facilitate global cooperation in response to exceptional circumstances such as the current COVID-19 crisis.
€1.5 billion is being made available to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) at favourable interest rates and with long maturities to tackle the COVID-19 crisis thanks to cooperation between the EIB and CDP. This operation signed in Rome between the EU bank's Vice-President Dario Scannapieco and CDP's CEO Fabrizio Palermo will lead to an agreement between CDP and ABI enabling the banks to use the EIB funds to grant loans to businesses.
Eesti Energia has signed a new €70 million loan agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support financing the roll-out of a passive fibre access network in Estonia. The maximum tenor of the debt facility is 14 years, with an availability period of three years. The network will provide Very High Capacity (VHC) broadband services with download speeds of 1 Gbps to about 266 000 households.