President Hoyer addresses Brussels correspondents at the EIB
7 November 2013
On Wednesday, President Hoyer welcomed some 40 Brussels correspondents to the EIB headquarters in Luxembourg. The press trip was a joint initiative by the EU Institutions based in Luxembourg. It is the first time that these institutions have issued a joint invitation to journalists. The journalists spent two days visiting the EIB Group, the European Court of Justice (ECJ), the European Court of Auditors (ECA), the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) for presentations and Q&A sessions to increase their knowledge of the role, activities and added value of these EU institutions and organisations.
During his speech to the journalists, President Hoyer stated: “The EIB Group provides a very effective response addressing existing investment needs and constraints, in particular for SMEs”. He also underlined that “the EIB Group will continue to deliver on its promise to the Member States to make a difference with the capital increase”.
The journalists were invited to an informal get-together at the EIB in the evening.
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.