European Investment Bank

As the largest multilateral borrower and lender by volume, the European Investment Bank (EIB) provides finance and expertise for sound and sustainable investment projects which contribute to furthering EU policy objectives. More than 90% of the activity is focused on Europe but the EIB also supports the EU's external and development policies.

Lending, blending and advising

  • Lending: The vast majority of the EIB financing is through loans, but it also offers guarantees, microfinance, equity investment, etc.
  • Blending: Our support helps us unlock financing from other sources, particularly from the EU budget. This is blended together to form the full financing package.
  • Advising: Lack of finance is often only one barrier to investment. We can help with administrative and project management capacity which facilitates investment implementation.

The EIB supports projects that make a significant contribution to growth and employment in Europe. As part of our counter-cyclical approach, its activities focus on four priority areas: 

The EIB generally finances one-third of each project but it can be as much as 50%. This long term, supportive financing often encourages private and public sector actors to make investment which might not otherwise be made.

The EIB Group

The EIB Group consists of the European Investment Bank and the European Investment Fund, the specialist arm providing SME risk finance. The EIB is the majority EIF shareholder with the remaining equity held by the European Union (represented by the European Commission) and other European private and public bodies.

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