Statement by EIB President Werner Hoyer on the death of Mr Corneille Bruck
6 October 2021
Former EIB Vice-President Corneille Bruck passed away on 26 September 2021 in Bonn. He was 88 years old.
“As a the first Vice-President hailing from Luxembourg, Corneille Bruck left a lasting legacy both inside and outside the EIB, further cementing our relationship with the country that has hosted us since the early 1960s.” President Hoyer commented. “Colleagues who worked with him remember his commitment to European integration, and his belief in Luxembourg as part of a wider, European community. Although his tenure as VP was short, Corneille Bruck served the Bank in different roles for many more years and he is warmly remembered for it”.
Mr Bruck legacy for the EIB include 6 years as a member of its Audit Committee and 10 years on the EIB’s Board of Directors, before being appointed Vice-President. In addition to this, the visibility of EIB in its host country and the relationship with Luxembourg and its authorities and local networks were an important part of his heritage. Arriving during challenging times in the 1990s, Vice-President Bruck signed the first Luxemburgish global loan to SNCI, as well as the first loan to Arbed-Belval.
Mr. Bruck served his country and the European Union during a long distinguished career and he will be remembered as a man of honor and conviction.
The EIB is providing a EUR 140 million loan to finance wind farms in Lower Austria. A first EUR 28 million instalment was signed today in Bruck by EIB Vice-President Wilhelm Molterer and Dr Thomas Uher, CEO of Austria’s Erste Bank, which will act as the financial intermediary.
The EIB is lending Energiepark Bruck/Leitha a total of €19.3 million to carry out its “Bruckneudorf” and “Höflein West” wind farm projects. The two sites will have a joint capacity of 17 MW (6.5 MW for Bruckneudorf and10.5 MW for Höflein West). Erste Bank is also participating in the €27.3 million financing plan.
Former EIB Vice-President Wolfgang Roth passed away on 4 July 2021 in Bonn. He was 80 years old.
“As a Vice-President from 1993 to 2006, Wolfgang Roth left a lasting legacy both inside and outside the EIB” President Hoyer commented. “Colleagues who had the privilege of working with him remember his deep commitment to European integration, his belief in a strong Europe based on solidarity, and his boundless energy – an energy he dedicated not only to business, but also to the development of the EIB’s modern art collection”.