"Today's decision of the Polish government to join the pan-European guarantee fund (EGF) is very good news for the Polish economy," said Prof. Teresa Czerwińska, vice-president of the EIB, who oversees operations in Poland. “The guarantee fund, which has just started its operational activity, has been created in a spirit of solidarity by the Member States of the European Union and the European Investment Bank. It is an important element in supporting Polish entities, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The € 25 billion guarantee fund will provide financing to European companies that are viable in the long term, but struggling with the difficulties caused by the current pandemic. At least 65% of the funding is dedicated to SMEs in Europe. As part of mobilizing funds in Poland, the EIB will cooperate with domestic financial institutions, including the national promotional bank Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego. The EGF is yet another initiative in which Member States and EU institutions join forces in creating new instruments of aid and support for the economy and society. It is worth reminding that since the beginning of the pandemic, the EIB has provided € 24.9 billion for projects related to the fight against COVID around the world. "
Financing agreed today is part of a €200 million pledge made by the EU during the 2019 Beira International Donor Conference. This backed Mozambique’s Disaster Recovery Framework, which sets the vision, strategic objectives and principles for recovery and reconstruction following the devastations caused by Tropical Cyclones Idai and Kenneth.
Education facilities around Lahti are set for a major upgrade, in part thanks to financing from the EIB. In line with the new vision of learning included in the Finnish national curriculum reform of 2016, the City of Lahti in southern Finland is overhauling its education infrastructure. A €100 million loan from the EIB will help finance new construction and major renovations of related buildings in different parts of the city. The project is composed of several sub-projects, ranging from new construction and renovation of day care centres and comprehensive schools to remodelling and upgrading the facilities.