The social development bank in Europe


28 CEB member states, two non-member states, the United States and the United Kingdom as well as the European Union, through the European Commission and the European Investment Bank, have contributed to CEB trust funds.

The European Union

The European Union (EU) is CEB's largest donor. EU contributions in favour of CEB trust funds amount to € 520 million. The EU is the main contributor to the Regional Housing Programme, an initiative benefitting vulnerable refugees and internally displaced persons in the former Yugoslavia. It also contributed € 50 million in 2017 to finance the construction of a state hospital in Turkey which will serve both Syrian refugees and their host community. The EU also contributes to CEB trust funds through financial instruments such as the Western Balkan Investment Framework (WBIF) and the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P).

Largest donor countries

The United States (U.S.) has contributed € 24 million to the Regional Housing Programme. The U.S., together with the United Kingdom, are the two non-CEB member states which have contributed to CEB trust funds, making it the second largest donor to the Programme, after the European Union.

Germany has contributed a total of € 20 million to support CEB activities. Germany is a donor to to the Regional Housing Programme and the Migrant and Refugee Fund.  

Norway has contributed a total of € 15 million to CEB trust funds. Norway is a donor to the Regional Housing Programme and the Migrant and Refugee Fund. It also established the Norway Trust Account in 2003.

Strong support from CEB member countries

Several other CEB member states have demonstrated their support for the CEB mandate by establishing trust funds with the Bank. In 2017, Italy set up the Italian Fund for Innovative Projects and Spain replenished the Spanish Social Cohesion Account. In 2016, the Slovak Republic set up the Slovak Inclusive Growth Account. In addition, member states have allocated € 112 million from the Bank's results to the Social Dividend Account since its establishment in 1995. 

List of donors

Donors to CEB trust funds may be split into three tiers, based on the amount of their contributions:

More than € 10 million: European Commission, the United States, Germany and Norway 

Between € 5 million and € 10 million: Italy, Switzerland, Spain and the European Investment Bank

Up to € 5 million: France, Sweden, Slovak Republic, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Turkey, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, Ireland, Lithuania, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Albania, Romania, Malta, Holy See, Bosnia and Herzegovina, San Marino, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Bulgaria.

Data at end-2019