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EIB and European Commission join forces with ILBANK for municipal funding in Turkey

Banque européenne d'investissement - BEI/13/130   02/09/2013

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BEI/13/130N

Luxembourg, 2 September 2013

EIB and European Commission join forces with ILBANK for municipal funding in Turkey

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and ILBANK signed a grant agreement for EUR 8.5 million. The agreement signed by the EIB as manager of the Municipal Finance Facility (“MFF”) will allow ILBANK and its municipal customers to benefit from grants of the European Commission (EC), aiming at developing bank lending to municipalities in Turkey.

The grant will be combined with the EUR 150 million EIB loan facility already in place with ILBANK for the financing of municipal investment schemes in the water, waste water and solid waste sector.

The grant will enhance further the fine conditions of the EIB loans, which are characterised by long maturities, as well as a wide range of interest and currencies options for the benefit of the municipal investments.

The Commission’s grant resources shall reinforce the institutional capacity of ILBANK by further strengthening its in-house technical expertise and project screening capacity, for closing the gap between the national and the European Union environmental and tendering requirements. Additionally, it will improve the affordability of the environmental investments of the municipalities with a grant element covering the project preparation cost and related technical studies of the investments.

This agreement is an excellent example of the strong support provided by the European Union to priority investments in the municipal sector in Turkey based on the judicious blend of grants and long-term loans.

Note to the editors

    On the basis of the Commission Decision establishing a PHARE multi-beneficiary programme, the European Commission (EC) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) entered into a series of Contribution Agreements for the Municipal Finance Facility to promote and support long term lending to municipalities in the Accession Countries and New Member States of Central and Eastern Europe. The objectives of the MFF are to develop and stimulate bank lending to municipalities in most of the countries which joined the EU in 2004 and in certain applicant countries including Turkey.

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the long-term lending institution of the European Union owned by its Member States. It makes long-term finance available for sound investment in order to contribute towards EU policy goals.

Press contact:

Helen Kavvadia, tel.: +352 691 28 60 17, e-mail: kavvadia@eib.org;

Website: www.eib.org/press - Press Office: +352 4379 21000 – press@eib.org



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