Tampere - a city with a vision
Funding from the CEB is supporting the city of Tampere in Finland to achieve its vision 2030 of being ’the best for you’
Finland Living conditions, Education
Pursuing a passion never goes out of style
Despite the challenges of the global pandemic microfinance supports women entrepreneurship in Italy
Women mean business in times of COVID
Thanks to microfinance female entrepreneurs in Spain reinvent their business models to adapt to the pandemic
Starting over: Restoring hope through entrepreneurship
The CEB has provided a technical assistance grant to a project in Italy that helps people who have served non-custodial criminal sentences to find a path to employment via entrepreneurship.
Funding vaccinations. Fighting the virus
The newest CEB member state, Andorra, is using funds from a CEB loan to help finance its purchase of COVID-19 vaccines.
“I’m so grateful we have better living conditions”
The scarcity of affordable housing in Europe is pushing an ever-larger number of people into housing insecurity and homelessness. In North Macedonia, where some 80,000 households are reported to lack long-term housing, a CEB loan is helping to provide social housing for 6,000 people.
North Macedonia Social housing
Celebrating 25 years: Lithuania and the CEB
On 8 January 2021 we mark Lithuania’s 25-year membership of the CEB. Since 1996, when Lithuania joined the CEB, the Bank has approved €889 million in loans to support the country’s investments.
Lithuania Health, Living conditions, Environment
Homes for the future
Since the global financial crisis of 2007, rising unemployment and job insecurity in Barcelona have led to falling household incomes. Two recently completed housing developments, partially funded by the CEB, are providing affordable, energy-efficient homes.
Spain Social housing
Flexible financing for a fast-growing city
Vilnius was the first capital city in the Baltic states to work with the CEB, and is one of the most innovative and dynamic cities in the Nordic-Baltic region. In 2017 the CEB approved a public sector finance facility (PFF) for €35 million with Vilnius City Municipality, helping to part-finance many social investments in the city. Another €35 million loan agreement has been signed on 20 April 2021.
Lithuania Living conditions, Education, Health
A place to call home
Between 2016 and 2019 the number of adults in Ireland who were registered homeless grew from 3,885 to 6,363. A €150 million CEB loan to Ireland’s Housing Finance Agency (HFA) is helping to deliver new social housing to vulnerable people.
Ireland Social housing
Bridging the gap for Castilla la Mancha
A €150 million European Co-financing Facility (ECF) from the CEB is enabling the Spanish autonomous region of Castilla la Mancha to bridge funding gaps and deliver on a range of priorities, from new jobs and enhanced education facilities to investments in technology and innovation.
Spain Environment, Living conditions, Education
Helping Tampere meet demand for student housing
CEB loan will improve living conditions for the students and facilitating access to university areas
Finland Education, Social housing
Ensuring a resilient Bank
Robust business continuity planning ensured that, when the COVID-19 crisis hit, the CEB was able to continue focusing on its core business, disbursing loans for social projects, supporting borrowers and issuing bonds on capital markets.
The roadmap to a sustained, green, inclusive and resilient recovery
Info talks to Monica Scatasta, Director of the CEB’s Technical Assessment and Monitoring Directorate (TAM) about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and how the CEB’s member countries can build resilience into their recovery strategies.
Cork County: Investing in growth
A cross-sectorial loan (CSL) of €33.7 million is the first between the CEB and Cork County Council and will part-finance up to 52 projects in nine town centres across the county
‘It all comes down to people’
Simon Bond, Director of Responsible Investment Portfolio Management at Columbia Threadneedle Investments, talks to Info about the CEB’s COVID-19 Response Social Inclusion Bond, and the impact of the crisis on the bond market.
Taking action in Madrid
Spain has been among the hardest hit nations in the COVID-19 crisis, with the autonomous community of Madrid accounting for almost one third of Spain’s confirmed cases. A €200 million public sector financing facility (PFF) from the CEB is helping to minimise loss of life and improve citizens’ health.
Interview with Erion Veliaj, Mayor of Tirana
'We turned the pandemic crisis into a golden opportunity.'
Albania Living conditions, Environment
A shared resolve
With Europe particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, Info talks to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, and to the Governor of the CEB, Rolf Wenzel, about how their organisations have supported European countries to cope with the crisis.
Latvia: Making educational excellence a reality
Investing in the education – and therefore the future – of young people is vital for creating cohesive, prosperous and competitive societies. The CEB has approved two loans to Latvian universities, totalling €27 million, to support the country’s economic development and boost its competitiveness on the world stage.