Amsterdam base for stimulating Dutch business
The new office opened in May 2014 and will allow closer interaction between the world’s largest supranational lending institution and Dutch businesses and public sector organisations. The EIB also announced that it has agreed to provide more than 1 billion euros for new investment in the Netherlands. The EIB is owned by the 28 member states of the European Union and invests in projects that improve infrastructure, energy supply or environmental standards both inside the EU and in neighbouring or developing countries. The EIB anticipates that there will be many promising projects in the Netherlands in 2014 and beyond, for example through project finance support for strategic infrastructure and renewable energy.
In a press release, EIB president Werner Hoyer commented: “The European Investment Bank is committed to supporting long-term investment across Europe and strengthening our engagement in the Netherlands through our new permanent presence in the country in Amsterdam. This will ensure that businesses and public bodies across the country can get in touch with the EIB to discuss investment opportunities and needs more easily. The strengthened cooperation will help to unlock economic investment, create jobs and improve crucial infrastructure that builds on the strengths of the Dutch economy and addresses investment gaps.”
Zuidas: the financial district of Amsterdam
The new EIB office is located in Amsterdam’s financial district: the Zuidas. The EIB joins over 700 companies, among them many Financial and business, that have already set up shop in this cosmopolitan setting. The Zuidas is just 6 minutes by train from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and less than 10 minutes by tram and metro from the historical centre of Amsterdam.