EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK
About the European Investment Bank
The European Investment Bank is the world’s biggest multilateral lender. The only bank owned by and representing the interests of the EU countries, the EIB finances Europe’s economic growth. Over six decades the Bank has backed start-ups like Skype and massive schemes like the Øresund Bridge linking Sweden and Denmark. Headquartered in Luxembourg, the EIB Group includes the European Investment Fund, a specialist financer of small and medium-sized enterprises.
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
A RENAISSANCE FOR A FORMER EPICENTRE OF CULTURE
GREEN INVESTMENT TAKES CENTRE STAGE
FINDING THE PERFECT FIT
STANDING OUT IN YOUR FIELD
THE ROAD TO CLEAN AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY
A GUIDE TO INNOVATION
No one could have predicted the effect that the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 would have on our daily lives. It upended normal life and forced us to rethink the way we went about our day-to-day activities. The inability to travel and meet with colleagues, contractors and clients slowed down activity across the board. Despite the many complications, there were some silver linings: communities came together, we developed cutting-edge technologies and digital solutions, and made great strides in healthcare and vaccines.
REBUILDING TO COME BACK STRONGER
To help ease the pandemic’s impact on society and the economy, we offered many advisory solutions that shortened the path to recovery. In doing so, we did not stop our work on climate change, but integrated it into new priorities. Our advisory services have been key to helping our clients keep their long-term investment plans on track, laying the foundations for a green and digital recovery.
The European Investment Advisory Hub, funded and managed by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank, helps identify, prepare and implement investment projects across Europe. Since its launch in 2015, we have received requests for support, either directly or via our partner networks, from more than 3 300 project promoters. The Advisory Hub works on projects across a breadth of sectors, including climate and environment, innovation, infrastructure and small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) access to finance. By working closely with public authorities and partner institutions, we support all phases of the project cycle and facilitate access to finance. With our help, more than 220 projects have qualified for EIB lending, with estimated total project investment costs of close to €50 billion. Around half of these projects were also considered eligible for support from the European Fund for Strategic Investments.
We place our clients’ needs at the centre of what we do, devising support packages that are enriched by the EIB’s long-established experience in providing technical and financial advice, as well as financing sustainable long-term investment.
NO PAUSE ON CLIMATE ACTION
The Advisory Hub plays a key role in building awareness and capacity in the market about green finance. For example, we helped a consortium of German public and private sector stakeholders plan a network of hydrogen refuelling stations, encouraging greater use of cleaner vehicles. In Athens and Thessaloniki, electric buses will be added to the transport network, lowering CO2 emissions and reducing noise. Our advice also helped the Greek local authorities secure EIB financing and funding from the European Union for their projects. Our work increases sustainable finance, supports Europe in meeting the Green Deal’s goals, and helps the EIB follow the Climate Bank Roadmap.