The project relates to the roll-out of the second and third phases of a publicly owned fibre broadband network Public initiative network (PIN) in the Auvergne Region, covering the Départements Allier, Cantal, Puy de Dôme and Haute-Loire, France.
The objective of the project, to be implemented from beginning 2019 until the end of 2025, is to deploy a Fibre to the Home (FTTH) network covering around 257 000 homes, as well as a Fibre to the Enterprise (FTTE) network covering 3 400 small businesses and enterprises. The access network will be deployed in areas where private operators are not providing very high capacity broadband services due to lack of commercial interest and will therefore be commercialised on an open access basis to the private retail operators.
Investments in fixed telecommunications projects (mainly civil works for fibre rollout) do not fall under the Annexes I & II of the EIA Directive 2014/52/EU amending the Directive 2011/92/EU. The related works have limited environmental effects, apart from disturbances during civil work constructions, which can be mitigated by appropriate measures.
The Bank will require the Promoter to ensure that contracts for the implementation of the project have been and will be tendered in accordance with the relevant applicable EU procurement legislation, 2014/24/EU as interpreted by the Court of Justice of the EU, with publication of tender notices in the EU Official Journal, as and where required.
Before financing approval by the Board of Directors, and before loan signature, projects are under appraisal and negotiation. The data provided on this page is therefore indicative and cannot be considered to represent official EIB policy (see also the Explanatory notes).
General enquiries and comments
The EIB is committed to open communication and encourages constructive stakeholder input regarding its activities.
Enquiries and comments concerning the EIB’s involvement in a project or the financing facilities, activities, organisation and objectives of the EIB, can be sent to the EIB Infodesk.
Alternatively, the EIB can be contacted through its external offices.
Queries regarding details of a specific project, in particular when it is under appraisal by the EIB, should preferably be addressed directly to project promoters.
Zero tolerance against fraud and corruption
The EIB has a zero tolerance policy on fraud or corruption. To report allegations of fraud and corruption relating to EIB-financed projects, please contact the Fraud and Investigation division. All complaints will be treated as strictly confidential and handled in line with the EIB investigation procedures and the Anti-Fraud Policy.