"In order for our young people to succeed, we need to invest massively in their education"
The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) and the County (Départment) of Seine-Saint-Denis have signed a loan agreement worth 200 million euros to finance multi-annual investments in education. INFO met with Stéphane Troussel, President of the county of Seine-Saint-Denis.
At the forefront of knowledge and inclusion
While Finland is globally renowned for the quality of its schooling, recent reforms aim to further raise its level of competence, expertise and education, adapting to a changing society and an increasingly globalised world. To help maximise opportunities for the young, the CEB is funding education projects in key cities.
Inspiring spaces for enquiring minds
A combined approach from the CEB and the government of Montenegro is bringing innovation and efficiency into new preschool facilities in the country.
Creating opportunity. Supporting inclusion
Microfinance is vital to the success of thousands of very small businesses, and over the last decade the CEB has approved loans worth millions of euros to microfinance providers.
Italy, Spain MSMEs
Growing Italy’s small businesses
Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) is a leading CEB borrower in Italy. Info met Antonella Baldino, Chief Business Officer at CDP, to learn more about the institution’s work.
Bringing a social mandate to capital markets
In April, the CEB issued its first social inclusion bond, creating an innovative new way for the Bank to finance its projects. The launch has enabled the CEB to demonstrate its leading role in the social bond market, with plans to issue a social inclusion bond on an annual basis.
Social housing, MSMEs, Education
The big potential of small business
While a lack of access to finance remains their greatest impediment to growth, the CEB continues to support these vital enterprises.
'Diving in at the deep end'
CEB financing supports entrepreneurship and job creation in Spain
The CEB bridge-finances social investments in the Slovak region of Trenčín to improve living conditions
Slovak Republic Living conditions
Pooling efforts for cleaner water
A high-tech waste water treatment plant in Nicosia, funded with a €68 million loan from the CEB, is meeting the growing needs of both Greek and Turkish communities.
Boosting response capacities
CEB funds ensure humane and timely assistance to migrants and refugees in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”
"the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" Refugees and migrants, Health
Slovenia: building intercultural skills for long-term integration of asylum-seekers
The CEB was among the first donors to provide emergency aid to Slovenia, in the form of a € 1.5 million grant from the Migrant and Refugee Fund (MRF) that allowed the Agency for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief to better respond to the migrant situation
Slovenia Refugees and migrants
Building homes, strengthening regional cooperation
New homes for 800 families in 2016
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia Refugees and migrants
Safe shelter for migrants and refugees in Serbia
CEB funds refurbishment works to create additional capacity for housing migrants
Serbia Refugees and migrants
From a shed to a home: one family’s story
Bosnia and Herzegovina Refugees and migrants, Social housing
Germany: investing in the long-term integration of migrants through social housing
Long-lasting partnership with Germany intensifies in the face of the migrant crisis
Germany Refugees and migrants, Social housing
The CEB supports regional development in the Slovak Republic
Investing in regions reduces social and economic disparities, promotes growth
Slovak Republic Living conditions, Environment
Sweden: 160 million euros to expand and improve educational facilities in the City of Malmö
Albania: supporting the modernisation of healthcare
A healthy mind in a healthy body
CEB provides long-term financing to Hungary to expand sports facilities for schoolchildren