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Luxembourg : EIB approves EUR 7 billion for new social housing, clean energy, transport and business investment

Publish Date : 13-Sep-2019

- EUR 630 million to improve social and affordable housing across Europe
- EUR 1.4 billion support for urban and international transport
- EUR 2.8 billion backing for private sector investment

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed EUR 7 billion of new financing. This includes support for new investment to improve social housing, clean energy and sustainable transport, telecommunications, health and education. The EIB also approved more than EUR 2.8 billion of new support for business investment through both direct financing and credit lines with local banks.

This weeks meeting in Zagreb demonstrates the EU Banks close engagement with Croatia. May I thank Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovi , Finance Minister Zdravko Mari and their colleagues for their warm welcome and for Croatias valuable support for the EIB. Here at our Board in Zagreb we approved EUR 7 billion of new investment that will improve homes, reduce carbon emissions and enhance education, healthcare and business growth. said Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank.

Supporting investment across Croatia

The EIB Board of Directors met in the Croatian capital Zagreb ahead of the Croatian Presidency of the European Union and approved EUR 150 million of new support for agriculture, tourism and manufacturing investment by companies across Croatia.

Accelerating renewable and clean energy investment

The EIB agreed to support construction of a new 94MW wind farm in northern Poland, financing for small-scale energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Cyprus and seven solar power plants in Morocco.

New support for renewable energy research and innovation by a leading Spanish power technology company, backing for equity investment in wind, solar and small-scale hydropower schemes across Europe and financing clean energy infrastructure across Africa was also approved.

Improving urban and international transport connections

The Zagreb board meeting approved more than EUR 1.4 billion of new financing for transport investment.

This includes upgrading trams in Amsterdam, metro trains in Barcelona and urban transport in Szczecin, as well as new investment to expand electric vehicle charging across Italy and support for digital and automated transport research.

The EIB also agreed to finance expansion of Finlands main airport in Helsinki and construction of a new airport on the Greek island of Crete in Heraklion.

Cutting energy bills and improving social and affordable housing

The EIB Board approved EUR 630 million of new financing for social housing investment in France, Germany, Poland and Sweden. This includes construction of new affordable and energy efficient homes in Germany and Sweden and rehabilitation of existing social housing in France and Poland.

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