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New EIB initiative to help Europe’s Southern Neighbourhood and Western Balkans gets warm welcome from EU leaders

  •  Release date: 28/06/2016
A new initiative from the EIB to support regions outside of Europe that are significantly affected by the refugee crisis has been welcomed by EU heads of state and governments meeting in Brussels today. Responding to a request by the European Council in March, EIB President Hoyer laid out how the EU Bank could step up its support and address the pressing needs of the regions with action to support growth, jobs vital infrastructure and social cohesion.
 

Finland: EIB supports Finnlines’ Environmental Technology Investment programme

  •  Release date: 28/06/2016
The EIB has signed a EUR 50 million loan agreement with Finnish ferry operator Finnlines. Finnlines will use the funding to finance a EUR 100 million Environmental Technology Investment programme which substantially lowers the environmental footprint and meets the new strict “MARPOL Annex VI” sulphur emission regulations, which came into force at the beginning of 2015. The majority of the programme consists of retrofitting its current fleet of over 20 vessels with exhaust gas cleaning systems, a cost efficient way of complying with the 0,1% limit on  sulphur content in the exhaust gases when operating in the EU Sulphur Emission Control Areas (SECAs).
 

Germany: Successful long-term financing of a German A-Modell project (A8 motorway)

  •  Release date: 28/06/2016
With the support of a new Senior Debt Credit Enhancement financing instrument (SDCE-F) from the EIB, the concession company PANSUEVIA GmbH & Co. KG, along with its 50:50 joint venture partners HOCHTIEF and STRABAG, has successfully completed the long-term financing of the A8 A-Modell motorway project in Germany. The senior debt was placed among institutional investors, commercial banks and the EIB. This is the first transaction where EIB has provided the SDCE-F.
 

New EIB "Resilience" initiative for EU’s Southern Neighbourhood and Western Balkans to be presented at European Council

  •  Release date: 28/06/2016
A new initiative to support regions outside of Europe significantly affected by the refugee crisis is being presented by EIB President Werner Hoyer at today’s European Council in Brussels. The initiative to build resilience in the EU’s Southern Neighbourhood and the Western Balkans regions was requested by the leaders of EU member states in March. President Hoyer will lay out a detailed proposal on how the EIB can step up its support and address the pressing needs of the regions with action to support growth, jobs vital infrastructure and social cohesion.
 

Netherlands: Rabobank and EIB: EUR 100 million for impact investment

  •  Release date: 28/06/2016
Rabobank now has a further 100 million euros of EIB funding available for loans to businesses to be used for a positive impact. The first tranche of 50 million euros from the EIB for impact loans through Rabobank has been fully taken up. 47 SMEs and midcap companies have taken advantage of an impact loan in the past six months. They are using their loan to invest in the future of their business and are also contributing to a world we can all live in, and that benefits people and the environment. The success of the first tranche means that Rabobank and the EIB will continue to encourage impact investments by SMEs and midcap companies. 
 

France: New financing under the Investment Plan for Europe: EIB provides EUR 50m to Aperam

  •  Release date: 27/06/2016
The EIB and Aperam announce the signature of a financing contract of an amount of EUR 50 million for the purpose of financing a research and development programme over the period 2016-2019 as well as the upgrade of two plants located in cohesion regions (Isbergues - Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Châtelet-Hainaut). This project was funded under the Investment Plan for Europe, also named "Juncker Plan”, of which France is one the main beneficiary countries with 35 operations launched to date by the EIB Group and for a total amount of € 1.7 billion, which should generate 15 billion euros of additional investment. 
 

Panama Canal: EIB Vice-President Roman Escolano attends Inauguration Ceremony

  •  Release date: 26/06/2016
The Panama Canal Authority officially inaugurated the new widened Panama Canal, to showcase two of the world’s biggest locks - a project part-financed by the EIB. EIB’s Vice-President Roman Escolano attended the celebration.  
 

European Investment Bank statement following UK referendum on EU membership

  •  Release date: 24/06/2016
The European Investment Bank takes note with regret of the vote of the British people to leave the European Union. This is an unprecedented situation for the EIB.
 

Netherlands: EIB supports FrieslandCampina’s research and development activities

  •  Release date: 22/06/2016
The EIB has signed a EUR 150 million loan with FrieslandCampina for R&D activities in Europe, its first ever loan to a company in the Dutch agricultural sector. 
 

Finland: Investment Plan for Europe: EIB support Helsinki’s “second city centre”

  •  Release date: 22/06/2016
The EIB has signed a loan agreement with YIT of Finland, in support of energy efficiency in an urban development project in Helsinki. The loan is guaranteed under the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI).
 

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