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    Reference: 20210015
    Release date: 24 September 2021

    Promoter – Financial Intermediary

    HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY PLC

    Location

    Description

    The project is financing the Irish social and affordable housing development programme for the next four years period.

    Objectives

    By increasing the supply of social housing, the project will help reduce the degree to which income is a factor in securing suitable housing thus delivering greater social inclusion while the refurbishment component of the project is expected to contribute to the physical rejuvenation of urban areas. Given the robust regulatory and urban planning framework in Ireland, the project is expected to be informed by a planning-led approach to urban development. Therefore, the project is in line with the Bank's criteria on sustainable cities and communities and urban renewal, following the EU Pact of Amsterdam and Leipzig Charter, and is thus eligible for Bank financing under Article 309 point (c) common interest of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

    Sector(s)

    Proposed EIB finance (Approximate amount)

    EUR 200 million

    Total cost (Approximate amount)

    EUR 400 million

    Environmental aspects

    Compliance with the relevant EU Directives will be verified during appraisal: EU EIA Directive 2014/52/EU amending the EU EIA Directive 2011/92/EU, EU SEA Directive 2001/42/EC, EU Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC and EU Birds Directive 2009/147/EC. The status of any environmental studies and public consultations related to the urban renewal, upgrading and construction investments will be reviewed during project appraisal. Energy efficiency requirements in line with the EU Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings 2010/31/EU will also be further assessed during project appraisal. The proposed investments will improve the level of social inclusion throughout the country by modulating income as a factor in the decision where to live.

    Procurement

    The Bank will require the Promoter to ensure that contracts for the implementation of the project will be tendered in accordance with the relevant applicable EU procurement legislation (Directive 2014/24/EU, as well as Directives 89/665/EEC) as interpreted by the Court of Justice of the EU, with publication of tender notices in the EU Official Journal, as and where required.

    Status

    Approved - 10/11/2021

    Disclaimer

    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).

    Related tags

    Ireland Urban development