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Urban agenda

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Over 70% of Europeans live in urban areas, and 55% of public investment is made by regional or local governments. The European Investment Bank works on a range of Urban Agenda-related initiatives to share knowledge with local and regional decision-makers to improve access to funds and help them use existing funds more effectively. The EIB provided nearly EUR 150 billion for investments in urban infrastructure and services between 2011 and 2017 and is extending that financing to projects with higher risk under the European Fund for Strategic Investments, part of the Investment Plan for Europe.

How can the EIB support my urban project?

The EIB welcomes contact from potential new clients. For large operations, contact us directly at our Luxembourg headquarters via our online contact form.

We have a wide range of products to support public and private investments offering flexibility, expertise and creativity to get projects off the ground:

  • Direct Investment loan for a specific investment project or programme, normally with a project cost exceeding EUR 100 million
  • Framework Loan made directly to a city, normally to finance a 3-5 year multi-sector investment programme in excess of EUR 100 million
  • Framework Loan via a financial intermediary for financing smaller municipalities
  • Equity Fund Investment into an urban development, infrastructure fund or brownfield fund
  • Advisory support through initiatives such as the European Investment Advisory Hub, JASPERS and other advisory instruments benefitting cities including ELENA, EPEC and fi-compass. In 2017 URBIS, a new dedicated urban advisory platform, was set as a joint effort under the umbrella of the European Investment Advisory Hub. URBIS unites the efforts of different EIB services to help urban authorities access tailor-made solutions and accelerate their urban investment projects.
Learn more about these products with this video animation

Focus on social housing

What role does social housing play in the European Union? Who is eligible to live in a social home? How can promoters benefit from the EU bank's support? One of our social housing experts answers these questions and help us discover a few projects across the EU.

City, transformed

"City, transformed" has shown how Europe’s cities have developed over the last 50 years. The European Investment Bank has adapted alongside them, building a greater, more focused role in urban development that takes it into truly innovative areas. Future cities need to face up to challenges in climate, productivity, knowledge, social mobility and resilience. The European Investment Bank is setting up to be a partner on that path.

Discover how on our publication and don’t forget to check our essays collection on what the future holds for your city.

Be smart: Smart city finance for your citizens

A smart city uses technology to improve services to its citizens and to deliver a better environment for people to live in by tackling challenges such as mobility, climate change, migration and security. But smart cities aren’t just about the technology.

Who’s the ‘smartest’ in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe?

Smart city investment in CESEE needs a boost all around compared to the rest of the EU, but some cities and regions are getting smarter

Take a look at projects the EIB has financed under each priority theme of the Urban Agenda for the EU. These case studies demonstrate the scope of EIB products and services under the Urban Agenda.

How local governments make their money go further

With a revolving investment called an Urban Development Fund, the UK's Northwest region maximised the impact of grant funding

The new Urban Agenda for the EU aims to help local governments stretch their grant funding. Here’s how to transform traditional grants with a financial instrument

Smart Cities make a beautiful world

Product: Intermediated loan

The EIB lent Belfius EUR 200 million, funding half the Belgian bank’s Smart Cities and Sustainable Development programme. The EU Urban Agenda urges better local government financing. Smart Cities connects the EIB with communities often too small to access its regular loans.

A real proof of concept

Product: Project loan and JASPERS (advisory)

The EIB advised Warsaw’s city government during the planning of its metro system expansion to ensure the projects eligibility for the EU grants it needed. Then the Bank lent the Polish city the bulk of the balance.