The President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), Werner Hoyer, attended the conference “Europe: Next Steps” organised by the Berggruen Institute on Governance in Paris on 28 May.
During a panel discussion entitled “Growth Initiatives for Europe”, the President stated that the EIB is stepping up its lending activities significantly for the 2013 to 2015 period in order to support growth and jobs in Europe. He underlined that fighting youth unemployment is a key priority for the EIB and that the Bank is working on new tailor-made financial products that will incentivise companies to recruit young people and put them in vocational training schemes.
President Hoyer also made it clear that the EIB is not a panacea. Instead, Europe needs a concerted approach of all relevant EU institutions, the Member States and the private sector. Initiatives such as the conference in Paris and the planned job summit by the German chancellor Angela Merkel, scheduled for early July, are important steps to reach a joint and efficient European response.
Also on the panel were the German and French Finance ministers Wolfgang Schäuble and Pierre Moscovici and the German and French Ministers of Labour, Employment and Social Affairs, Ursula von der Leyen and Michel Sapin and Enrico Giovannini, the Italian Minister of Industry and Welfare. The opening keynote speech for the Town Hall meeting in Paris was given by François Hollande, President of the Republic of France.
The EIB has donated €250 000 to the Migrant and Refugee Fund (MRF) managed by the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB); the donation complements an initial €5 million contribution made by the Bank in 2015. The donation will help improve living conditions for migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s biggest refugee camp — Lipa. The EIB is one of the largest contributors to the MRF.
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