The European Investment Bank (EIB) is granting a loan up to EUR 100m to support the research, development and innovation activities of the Kemira Group (Kemira) in Finland. The R&D activities of Kemira aim to design more effective and efficient chemicals, often with clear environmental benefits.
Kemira Group, a Finnish technology-oriented chemicals
group, is a leading European producer of pulp and paper
chemicals, water purification and industrial
The project is in line with the European Council recommendations to increase and reinforce investment in human capital, research and innovation in order to strengthen the scientific base of European industry by encouraging undertakings in research and technological development activities. Supporting the European Union’s Lisbon Strategy, aimed at building a competitive knowledge and innovation-based European economy, is a priority for the EIB’s lending activity.
The European Investment Bank Group, the banking group promoting European objectives and financing European projects, provides capital investment aimed at modernising the economies of the Member States and the countries close to the Union.
In 2007, the European Investment Bank lent a total of EUR 47.8bn for projects promoting the European Union’s policy objectives. Finance for the then EU-27 Member States represented 87% of its activities and amounted to EUR 41.4bn. To fund its activities, the EIB raised an aggregate amount of EUR 55bn on the international capital markets through 236 bond issues in 23 currencies. Owned by the Member States, the EIB (with its AAA rating) is the largest supranational issuer.
The EU's Lisbon Strategy, launched by the European Council in 2000, aims to develop the European Union into the world’s leading knowledge-based economy. Supporting this key policy - known as the Innovation 2010 Initiative - has become one of the EIB's top priorities and the Bank has pledged to make loans worth EUR 50bn available for investment in the fields of education, research and innovation by the end of the decade. This target is well on the way to being reached, since the EIB has already granted over EUR 43bn throughout the European Union since 2000. In 2000, the EIB pledged to lend EUR 50bn for innovative projects over the period 2000-2010. As it turned out, the Bank was three years early in reaching its objective. With EUR 10.3bn in loans under i2i in 2007, total innovation lending stood at EUR 56bn at the end of the year. The EIB's approach to implementation of the Lisbon Strategy is focused on the links between knowledge creation and the market. It involves all phases of the education cycle, research and development (R&D), the transformation of innovation into investment, productivity gains and increasing the competitiveness of the European economy. Over the last five years, the EIB has granted a total of EUR 1.2bn worth of loans for health and education infrastructure in Finland of which EUR 100m for the extension of science parks in a number of large towns or cities.