EIB relations with Civil society
The EIB attaches great importance to engaging with civil society and building cooperative relations with its representatives. An active dissemination of information and a constructive dialogue with civil society organisations (CSOs) are essential to improve public knowledge of and trust in the EIB as well as the Bank's ability to respond to public expectations.
The EIB acknowledges that CSOs can have a valuable input in the development of its policies and activities and provide useful information on projects the Bank considers for financing because of their understanding of local issues. The Bank engages with CSOs to address questions and issues of common interest. The EIB actively seeks contacts with organisations that can help the public and, more specifically, citizens affected by its operations find their way to information about the Bank.
Following an in-depth review, including a public consultation, the EIB’s Board of Directors has adopted the EIB Climate Strategy on 22 September 2015. The EIB Climate Strategy strengthens the impact of the Bank’s engagement for climate related investment while mainstreaming climate change considerations across all of the Bank’s standards, methods and processes. The strategy also consolidates the minimum target of at least EIB 25% of lending in support of climate action, and ensures that EIB financing leverages and sustains growing investment from the private sector in support of the transition to a low-carbon economy.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) Group has adopted revised rules that govern its approach to transparency, access to information and stakeholder engagement on 6 March 2015. The revised EIB Group Transparency Policy maintains the high level of transparency provided for in the previous version and its guiding principles will apply to the whole EIB Group (European Investment Bank and European Investment Fund).