A summary of the committee’s consideration of draft opinion is now available.
The European Investment Bank Group, comprising the European Investment Bank (EIB) and its subsidiary, the European Investment Fund (EIF), provided close to EUR 1.9bn of new loans, guarantees and equity investment in Romania in 2017. More than EUR 1.3bn in loans came from the EIB and EUR 551m from the EIF in the form of guarantees and equity investments in small businesses to sustain their growth. The EIB Group’s support for Romania therefore represents some 1.04% of the country’s GDP, placing Romania fifth among EU Member States in this respect, and above the EU average of 0.46%. The group concluded four operations under the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), which is part of the Investment Plan for Europe.
During a high-level visit to Kigali later this week the European Investment Bank is expected to confirm EUR 69 million of new infrastructure and private sector investment in Rwanda. This will include announcement of the EIB’s first public sector investment in the country to support construction of the first public sewage system in Rwanda. Once operational the new sewage network will both transform the urban environment in Kigali and further enhance recognition of Rwanda’s capital as a green city.
The agenda includes an item on port reception facilities for the delivery of waste from ships.
As women’s cycling continues to gain momentum, recycling programme ‘Every Can Counts’ has furthered its investment into the UK based Trek-Drops professional women’s cycling team for the duration of the 2018 season. This is the second consecutive year that the Every Can Counts programme, managed by the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro), has supported the female riders having seen the sport as an emerging market which has similar values to its own.