EIB President offers support to tackle Ebola crisis at UN meeting
9 October 2014
EIB President Werner Hoyer spoke at the meeting convened by the United Nations about the Impact of the Ebola Crisis: A Perspective from Countries. The meeting was hosted by the World Bank in the framework of the IMF/World Bank Group Annual meetings in Washington DC. Among others, the session brought together the Presidents of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
President Hoyer said that the EIB was ready to cooperate with the European Commission, EU Member States, the World Bank Group, the African Development Bank and other African and international partners in tackling the crisis. Whilst the EIB runs a substantial volume of operations across the African continent, it is not an operational aid agency, and it will focus on action which draws on its expertise and remit. In partnership with others, the EIB will focus on supporting programmes to develop the social, medical and economic infrastructure in relevant areas; on supporting R&D programmes capable of contributing to the development of disease prevention and therapy; and on working with the World Bank Group, the African Development Bank and others to develop financial instruments capable of mitigating the economic costs of Ebola and other pandemic diseases.
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.