European Parliament's annual debate on EIB activity
27 April 2016
On April 27th EIB President, Werner Hoyer participated in the European Parliament's annual debate on EIB activity, taking place during a mini-plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels. The basis for this year's debate was a report on EIB activity in 2014 prepared by Bulgarian Socialist MEP Georgi Pirinski.
The EU bank’s role in implementing the Investment Plan for Europe was highlighted and commended by Commissioner Moscovici. In his presentation, the Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs described the Investment Plan for Europe as “more than a signal, it is a driving force. The work being done is very encouraging and the work of the EIB is exemplary.”
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.