On Wednesday 25 March, EIB President Werner Hoyer had the honour of welcoming the Hereditary Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg to the Bank’s headquarters.
Europe is at a crossroads. The EIB, whose resources have been increased, is fully dedicated to meeting the challenges of the European Union. Their Royal Highnesses met senior officials and experts from the institution. The EIB Group’s place in the current European landscape, its impact on the real economy of EU countries, contribution to the revival of growth and employment and role in implementing the Investment Plan for Europe (the Juncker Plan) were at the heart of the exchanges.
The meeting took the form of a working meeting and it was a privilege for President Hoyer and his staff to answer the royal couple’s questions.
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.