The EIB is the European Union’s bank. We are the only bank owned by and representing the interests of the European Union Member States. We work closely with other EU institutions to implement EU policy.
We are the world’s largest multilateral borrower and lender. We provide finance and expertise for sustainable investment projects that contribute to EU policy objectives. More than 90% of our activity is in Europe.
How we do it:
- Lending: The vast majority of our financing is through loans, but we also offer guarantees, microfinance, equity investment, etc.
- Blending: Our support unlocks financing from other sources, particularly from the EU budget. This is blended with loans to form a full financing package.
- Advising: Lack of finance is often only one barrier to investment. We help with administrative and project management capacity to facilitate investment.
See “Products section” for our full range of products and services.
We support projects that make a significant contribution to growth and employment in Europe. Our activities focus on four priority areas:
We raise the money we lend on the international capital markets through bond issues. Our excellent rating allows us to borrow at good rates. We’re not in this to make a big profit. So we pass these good rates onto our clients.
Together on Gender Equality & Women’s Economic Empowerment
Gender equality is one of the founding values of the European Union, and a key objective of the Sustainable Development Goals.
It is also smart economics: the role of women and girls in development is vital. Greater gender equality stands to enhance productivity, improve development outcomes for the next generation and make institutions more representative.
EIB’s first gender strategy
In December 2016, we approved the first EIB Group strategy on gender equality and women’s economic empowerment. The strategy, “Protect, Impact, Invest” aims to embed gender equality and women’s economic empowerment in the EIB Group’s activities, covering lending, blending and advisory activity both inside and outside the European Union.
“The EU Bank and the European Investment Fund are taking an important step towards protecting women’s and girls’ rights and on operations that will empower women economically” – Věra Jourova, EC Commissioner
Aligned with both the EU’s Gender Action Plan 2016-2020 and the European Commission’s Joint Staff Working Document on Strategic Engagement for Gender Equality 2016-2019, it is structured around compulsory and voluntary elements with three strategic action areas for the EIB Group:
- the protection of women’s rights in the due diligence framework and in the requirements for our clients and promoters
- increasing our operations’ positive impact on gender equality
- the targeted promotion of women’s economic empowerment, including women’s increased access to employment and to credit/financial services, as well as support for female entrepreneurship
The Gender Strategy took effect in January 2017 and is being implemented in a phased manner. A Gender Action Plan aimed at guiding implementation will be elaborated over the course of 2017, defining the milestones, prioritisation and phasing of activities.
“Gender equality and the economic empowerment of women leads to faster economic development, increased competitiveness and more prosperous communities” – Werner Hoyer, President of the EIB
For many of us the greatest reward is to contribute to the delivery of viable business and investment projects that tangibly improve the standards of living and quality of life of people in Europe and across the world.
The EIB achieves its goals through some 2,500 highly qualified and diverse staff from all 28 European Member States, working in a multicultural environment that fosters cooperation and innovation.
We provide a competitive remuneration package commensurate with staff responsibilities and challenges. We offer a pleasant and interesting work environment where people can achieve their professional goals while maintaining work-life balance; with excellent professional development opportunities through training, internal mobility and merit-based career growth.
We are proud to work for a prestigious organisation that helps to implement European policies and objectives, helping to build the future of Europe furthering economic, social and human development.
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