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European Investment Bank

The European Investment Bank is the ‘lending arm’ of the European Union. It is the world’s largest multilateral lender and the biggest provider of climate finance. The EIB Group has two parts: the European Investment Bank and the European Investment Fund (EIF) that specialises in finance for small businesses and mid-caps.

The EIB contributes to the circular economy by providing advisory support:

Advisory Hub and InnovFin Advisory support to circular economy projects
EIB experts deployed by the Advisory Hub and InnovFin Advisory provide tailored financial and technical advice for circular economy projects, which may later be financed by EIB or other partner financial institutions.

Find support for your circular project
Guidance on how to structure Research and Innovation projects in order to improve their access to finance
Circular economy guide

And by providing finance to circular economy projects/promoters with a typically higher risk profile:

The EIB in the circular economy
The transition towards a circular economy can help reduce environmental impact, but also bring major economic benefits, contributing to innovation, growth and job creation. The EU bank embraces the potential of a circular economy and supports the public and private sector in their circular transition.

EIB and the circular economy

European Fund for Strategic Investments
The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) is the operational arm of the Investment Plan for Europe. It offers opportunities to attract private investors on projects that are credible but suffer from market failures.

European Fund for Strategic Investments
Project list Environment and resource efficiency 
Who can apply for EFSI financing?
European Investment Project Portal

InnovFin—EU finance for innovators
InnovFin financing tools cover a wide range of loans, guarantees and equity-type funding, which can be tailored to innovators’ needs. Financing is either provided directly or via a financial intermediary, most usually a bank or a fund.

How to apply

European Investment Fund
The EIF supports micro, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) by working with a wide range of funds, banks, guarantee and microfinance institutions across Europe.

European Investment Fund