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Infrastructure

Infrastructure is an essential pillar that interconnects internal markets and economies. These projects play an important role in economic growth, sustainability and job creation, as well as ensuring competitiveness.

New investment in infrastructure requires substantial financing at reasonable costs. As the EU bank, we have made it a top priority to ensure that we continue supporting these initiatives, investing in energy efficiency, transport, water and sustainable urban infrastructure. Our projects are ambitious and vital to maintain economic growth in Europe and beyond.

In 2016, the EIB provided EUR 19.7 billion to support infrastructure projects. More than 55 million people benefit from these projects, in particular in less developed European regions.


Approach

We offer more than just finance for infrastructure projects. In addition, and as a complement to our significant experience in infrastructure lending, we seek to add value through technical advisory services, particularly in less developed regions or on projects involving complex structures, such as public-private partnerships.


Connecting France and Spain

The new interconnection between France and Spain, supported by a 350m EIB loan, is a construction which breaks records. The project’s 65 km of buried high voltage cable lines with a capacity of 2 GW and a construction cost of EUR 700 million doubles the energy exchange capacity between France and Spain.



Antwerp’s new sea-lock: Big ships beat the traffic

The world’s biggest lock has been built at Antwerp port, making it Europe’s second-biggest port, after Rotterdam. The EIB has put up EUR 160.5 million of the new Antwerp lock’s cost, a project that is expected to boost employment in Belgium.






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