Nine representatives from eight countries contributing to Eastern Partnership Technical Assistance Trust Fund (EPTATF) have attended the EPTATF Contributors’ Committee meeting that took place in the EIB Headquarters in Luxembourg on 21 June, 2016.
Contributors– Austria, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden and the UK - have approved the following EPTATF projects with total amount of EUR 4.7m, that aim to support EIB activities in Eastern Partnership countries1 as well as facilitate capacity building in the region:
Armenia: Technical Assistance in support of Rural Framework Loan
Ukraine: Implementation support to Early Recovery Framework Loan
EPTATF Internship programme, Phase III
Words of appreciation of EPTATF support were said by the representative from one of beneficiaries, Ministry of Environment of Moldova. Ms Inga Podoroghin shared the valuable experience technical assistance grant from EPTATF that was used to finance comprehensive studies related to flood risk assessments in the country. Those studies were completed in 2016 and set the basis for national strategy for flood protection and provided flood risk maps for prevention purposes.
The EPTATF has presented its pipeline and latest annual report (“EPTATF Annual Report 2015”), underlining a very positive indicator for the Trust Fund’s activities in 2015 – six EPTATF technical assistance projects supported the EIB lending amounting to EUR 848m.
As a conclusion, the next EPTATF Contributor’s Committee meeting was pre-scheduled for 16 November, 2016.
1 Eastern Partnership countries eligible for EPTATF support are: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine
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.