For the first time this year, the EIB Group, through the EIB Institute, joined the “Light it up blue” action for autism on 2 April, World Autism Awareness Day.
Autism is a complex, lifelong neurological condition affecting 1 in 100 persons in Europe. The “Light it up blue” action consists of illuminating buildings, statues and monuments in blue in order to raise awareness of autism and send a message of solidarity and inclusion. It is supported in Luxembourg by three associations (Fondation Autisme Luxembourg, Autisme Luxembourg, Association des parents et personnes atteintes d’autisme Luxembourg).
The EIB Group participated by:
lighting up in blue “The Chair”, an artwork by sculptor Magadalena Jetelová in front of the EIB’s main building
gathering together EIB Group staff dressed in blue for a group picture shared on the Facebook page created by the three charities.
The EIB Group has stepped up its level of precaution at its headquarters in Luxembourg and in its external offices. All staff will telework as of 16 March. A small number of staff whose physical presence on EIB premises is indispensable will continue to be present on the EIB campus. The decision aims to protect the health of employees and ensure the continuity of the EIB Group’s activity.
On Wednesday the EIB identified its first case of one staff member who tested positive for corona virus.
As a precautionary measure, the EIB decided not to hold the meeting of its Board of Directors planned for Thursday 12 March in person. Decisions on the Board’s agenda will be taken by written procedure. The Bank has put in place measures to prevent disruption to its governance or operation approval schedule.
On Monday 2 March, the former President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, visited the EIB in Luxembourg on a joint invitation from the Bank, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and the Court of Auditors.