Timely. Flexible. Targeted.

The CEB is committed to providing timely, flexible, and targeted financing to our member countries, both during the COVID-19 crisis and on the road to recovery.

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The CEB has always provided a swift response, helping member states to counter the knock-on effects of the global financial crisis or massive migrant and refugee flows. Now, as the coronavirus sweeps through countries, rapid and decisive action is more vital than ever.

Identifying needs

In this rapidly-evolving health emergency, the CEB is in constant dialogue with its member countries which have been severely impacted by the pandemic, identifying specific needs and taking appropriate action. Project teams spanning different areas of expertise have been working together to translate the borrowers’ needs into projects eligible for CEB financing and define the best financing solution. 

CEB to support its members in response to COVID-19 outbreak (16 March 2020)

Putting procedures on a fast-track

Since the begining of the crisis, the Bank’s teams have been quick to implement mechanisms that helped to reduce the fallout from the pandemic on its borrowers.All requests for COVID-19 funding were being appraised once a week and then put to the Administrative Council for approval, which reached its decisions through written procedures and on a monthly basis.

The CEB approves new loans to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic and restart European economies (25 September 2020)
CEB approves new loans to mitigate COVID-19 impact and support sustainable growth (3 July 2020)
CEB approves eight new Covid-19 response projects (12 May 2020)
CEB approves COVID-19 project loans (17 April 2020)

Raising funds on capital markets

The CEB has issued two COVID-19 Response Social Inclusion Bonds: the first, issued in April, was for EUR 1 billion with 7-year maturity. The second, issued in June, was for USD 500 million. The proceeds will provide further financial support for CEB member countries struggling with the crisis.

CEB issues second COVID-19 Social Inclusion Bond (3 June 2020)
CEB issues social inclusion bond in response to COVID-19 pandemic (2 April 2020)

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Adapting financial instruments

In response to the challenges posed to Europe’s public health systems, the Bank has adapted its Public Finance Facility (PFF), a financing instrument aimed at national and sub-national public sector partners.

The PFF covers, among other, the expenditures for:

  • the acquisition, under emergency procedures, of medical equipment and consumable
  • the rehabilitation and transformation of spaces, including medical units
  • general support for civil protection entities
  • the mobilisation of additional expertise

The PFF can also fund any relevant action in other sectors – such as social care and education – which aims to reduce the impact of the ongoing emergency, including on the most vulnerable groups. 

Facilitating access to finance

The Bank has introduced waivers on the proportion of the total cost of projects that can be financed from the CEB loan, and the possibility for the first disbursement tranche to exceed the usual ceiling of 50% of the total loan amount.

Under COVID-19 emergency financing for MSMEs, the Bank will also fund working capital needs, without the usual sub-loan limits, for 12 months following approval.  

A number of existing projects are also being restructured in terms of sectors and loan amounts to allow for their rapid redeployment as emergency support. 

Taking a long-term view

We seek to provide timely funding to help strengthen service delivery and business continuity during the COVID-19 emergency. The Bank also stands ready - and is preparing - to scale up financing as needed, promoting recovery and enhancing longer-term preparedness, risk management and resilience.

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Bolstering healthcare

The coronavirus pandemic is severely testing healthcare systems across Europe. The CEB is partially financing extraordinary expenditures designed to help healthcare systems cope with the pandemic as well as broader civil protection measures to protect the population.

These can include financing of extraordinary expenses for provision of medical services to Covid-19 affected persons, support to healthcare institutions and medical staff cope with the influx of patients or expenses to strengthen services provided in the residential and social services centres.

Preserving jobs

The pandemic has hit small European businesses hard, prompting fears of massive job losses. The CEB is engaging with governments and national promotional banks so that they will continue to support MSMEs and municipal companies, helping to preserve jobs and support ongoing municipal investments. 

Key figures

  • €3.784 billion

    in loans approved to finance COVID-19 response measures (January 2022)

  • 28

    COVID-19 related loans approved

  • 21

    member countries supported