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Slovenia: EIB supports with EUR 500 million co-financing with EU grants including potential projects addressing the refugee crisis

  •  Release date: 26/11/2015
The EIB is lending EUR 500 million to the Republic of Slovenia to co-finance priority projects being supported by EU funds during the 2014-2020 programming period. The EIB loan, in line with the Partnership Agreement and the Europe 2020 Strategy, will cover the national co-financing contribution for projects. Part of the loan is to be devoted to alleviating the financial burden of Slovenia, one of the countries along the Western Balkans Route most affected by the current wave of refugees. 

Portugal: EIB and Millennium bcp: EUR 500 million to facilitate access to credit for SMEs and midcaps

  •  Release date: 25/11/2015
The EIB is providing a first EUR 250 million tranche of a EUR 500 million loan to Banco Comercial Português (Millennium bcp) to finance the investment projects of SMEs and midcaps located in Portugal. The finance contract for the first EUR 250 million tranche was signed today in Lisbon by EIB Vice-President Román Escolano and Millennium bcp’s CFO Miguel Bragança.

Portugal: EIB lends EUR 80 million to REN to upgrade the transmission system

  •  Release date: 25/11/2015
The EIB is lending EUR 80 million to Redes Energéticas Nacionais SGPS, S.A. (REN) in support of its multi-component investment programme covering the period 2014-2019. This programme includes renewable energy connections and the reinforcement and upgrading of the Portuguese electricity transmission network. The finance contract was signed in Lisbon today by EIB Vice-President Román Escolano and the CEO of REN, Rodrigo Costa. This is the first tranche of a EUR 200 million loan.

Portugal: BPI receives a EUR 50 million EIB loan for SMEs in the agriculture sector

  •  Release date: 25/11/2015
With a EUR 50 million loan, the EIB, in cooperation with BPI, will finance projects with a particular emphasis on the agriculture and agri-food sector carried out by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The finance contract was signed in Lisbon today with the participation of EIB Vice-President Román Escolano and the CEO of Banco BPI, Fernando Ulrich.

Italia: Nuovo contratto CDP-BEI: salgono a 905 milioni di euro le risorse per gli edifici scolastici

  •  Release date: 25/11/2015
Salgono a 905 milioni di euro le risorse messe a disposizione delle regioni da Cassa depositi e prestiti, per interventi di riqualificazione, rinnovamento, messa in sicurezza e costruzione degli edifici scolastici. 

Austria: EIB participates in securitisation transaction of UniCredit Leasing Austria with EUR 230.9m

  •  Release date: 24/11/2015
The EIB will make available EUR 230.9m to UniCredit Leasing Austria through the purchase of asset-backed securities (ABS). The “Success 2015” ABS transaction was arranged by UniCredit Bank Austria AG and Munich-based UniCredit Bank AG. The EIB is investing in the senior tranche, which has an AAA rating from Fitch and DBRS. UniCredit Leasing Austria will take the junior tranche (class B) amounting to around EUR 94.4 million on its books. The secured portfolio comprises motor vehicle leasing agreements (59 per cent) and other leased assets (41 per cent). The transaction, concluded in Luxembourg on Friday 20 November 2015, does not involve any changes for the lessees.

Netherlands: Rabobank and the EIB encourage SMEs and midcaps to make sustainable investments

  •  Release date: 24/11/2015
Business investments affect people, the environment and society at large. It is important that these investments have a positive impact. For this reason, the EIB and Rabobank are introducing an impact loan to encourage Dutch business owners (SMEs and midcaps) to make sustainable investments. The first tranche will make an additional EUR 50 million available for loans with a positive social impact. Business owners who demonstrably display corporate social responsibility and wish to make new sustainable investments can apply for an impact loan with an interest discount of up to 1.2% for new loans. 

West Africa Interconnection: EIB finances OMVG’s energy project with €85 million global loan

  •  Release date: 23/11/2015
The interconnection of West Africa’s power grids has entered a new phase. The EIB has decided to finance OMVG’s energy project, the missing link in the region’s power interconnection and one of the priorities of the West African Electricity Exchange System. For this purpose the EIB is granting a global loan of €85 million (CFAF 55.7 billion) to Senegal and Guinea (€20 million and €65 million respectively).

The EIB and BNP Paribas Announce Launch of New Climate Awareness Product

  •  Release date: 23/11/2015
The European Investment Bank and BNP Paribas Announce Launch of New Climate Awareness Product 

EIB opens office and strengthens presence in Denmark

  •  Release date: 23/11/2015
The EIB Group has today officially inaugurated its representative office in Copenhagen to support business, develop contacts with the public and private sectors, strengthen relations with promoters and partner banks, and enhance its outreach in Denmark. 

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