SPOTLIGHT ON INVESTMENT
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COHESION
One of the main priorities of the European Union is to bring cohesion across Europe and with our partner countries. The EIB supports this goal with the full range of our activities. We work to help economically disadvantaged regions compete better and achieve sustainable growth.
Creating a healthy and safe environment for people and nature is a key policy area for the European Union and one of our main priorities. We finance projects that protect the environment, improve people’s safety and make our children’s future more sustainable as well as prosperous.
Infrastructure is an essential pillar that interconnects internal markets and economies. Sustainable infrastructure projects play an important role in economic growth and job creation, as well as ensuring competitiveness. However, at the EIB, we also want to focus on the sustainability of our infrastructure financing.
INNOVATION AND SKILLS
Innovation and skills are key ingredients for ensuring sustainable growth and creating jobs. They play an important part in driving long-term competitiveness and are a top priority for the EIB Group. We are a major partner for business operations that develop innovation and skills for a growing economy.
SMES AND MID-CAPS
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are important drivers of growth, innovation and employment in Europe. SMEs represent 99% of businesses in the European Union and employ two-thirds of the active working population. Supporting access to finance for SMEs and mid-caps is a top priority for the EIB Group.
Climate change is possibly today’s biggest challenge. Global warming threatens our livelihoods and causes severe weather events and desertification. The impact of rising temperatures is already undermining nature, economies and human welfare across the globe. Urgent action is needed to mitigate the risks and adapt to the effects of climate change.