The European Investment Bank (EIB), created by the Treaty of Rome in 1958, is the European Union's long-term financing institution. The EIB contributes towards the integration, balanced development and economic and social cohesion of the Member Countries. Outside the Union the EIB implements the financial components of agreements concluded under European development aid and cooperation policies.
The EIB Group has a longstanding record in microfinance. Since 2000, it has supported Microfinance Institutions (MFIs), fund providers and other industry stakeholders in addressing specific market failures and promoting financing solutions for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and low income self-employed.
Operations are financed from the EIB's own resources or under the European Union's mandates and use a combination of financial and non-financial instruments.
The EIB Group's microfinance activities are in three regions, Sub-Saharan African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP region), Mediterranean partner countries and in Europe.