Activities

The EBRD invests in projects, engages in policy dialogue and provides technical advice that is helping to build open and democratic market economies in more than 30 countries. Our activities span a wide range of sectors and areas of focus that include agribusiness, energy efficiency, equity funds, financial institutions, gender, information and communication technologies, legal reform, manufacturing and services, municipal infrastructure, natural resources, nuclear safety, power and energy, property and tourism, and transport. Read more about some of those activities here.

Key facts about our work in these sectors

€8.9 billion

annual Bank investment

We invested in

34 countries

Over €1.7 billion

invested in the SEMED region since 2012

€1.2 billion

directly mobilised from co-financiers

  • Infrastructure
    Safe drinking water

    MOROCCOACCESSING SAFE WATER

    Nearly half a million people living in rural communities and medium-sized cities in Morocco will enjoy improved access to safe drinking water thanks to a water-supply investment programme.

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  • Energy

    TAJIKISTANMEETING THE CLIMATE CHALLENGE

    A US$ 76 million financing package from the EBRD and donors will support the modernisation of the Qairokkum hydropower plant in Tajikistan and help the country cope with a changing and more variable climate.

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  • Industry, Commerce and Agribusiness

    TURKEYRECYCLING AND SAVING ENERGY

    As part of wider efforts to promote the sustainable use of resources, we are supporting an investment in energy efficiency and glass recycling by Turkey’s Şişecam Group, one of the world’s leading glassware manufacturers.

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  • Finance

    CYPRUSSTABILISING THE FINANCIAL SECTOR

    To help stabilise the largest financial institution in our newest country of investment, we participated in a successful €1 billion capital-raising by the Bank of Cyprus. This stabilisation is vital for the full recovery of the Cypriot financial sector.

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  • Reform

    REGIONALREFORMING PROCUREMENT

    We are continuing our work to help World Trade Organization members adopt the Government Procurement Agreement. These reforms will improve the business climate and help overcome market barriers to investment.

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  • Nuclear safety
    Chernobyl NSC

    UKRAINEMAKING CHERNOBYL SAFE

    Construction of the Chernobyl New Safe Confinement (NSC) reached a major milestone when the two halves of the arch-shaped steel structure were lifted and joined together. When completed in late 2017 the NSC will cover the destroyed reactor.

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  • Gender
    Women in business

    RegionalSUPPORTING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

    We have launched an innovative Women in Business programme that brings together financing and advisory services to help women manage and grow their own small and medium-sized enterprises.

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  • Energy

    JORDANBOOSTING SOLAR POWER

    Jordan’s renewable energy sector received a major boost in 2014, with four investments by the EBRD in solar power plants worth a total of US$ 75 million.

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  • Infrastructure

    TurkeyBUILDING HOSPITALS

    We are co-financing the construction of a hi-tech hospital in south-eastern Turkey that forms part of a major Turkish government programme to expand the provision of quality hospital infrastructure in the country.

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  • Industry, Commerce and Agribusiness

    SERBIACERTIFYING FOOD QUALITY

    A €30 million loan will boost the competitiveness of Nectar, the leading juice producer in the Western Balkans. The funding will also support the firm and its subsidiary as the group develops origin-based labels for the certification of fresh fruit products.

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  • Gender
    Equal Opportunity

    BELARUSBUILDING EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

    In 2011 we started an equal opportunities project with Alivaria Brewery in Belarus. The project identified what the company could do to provide equal opportunities and improve their human resources practices.

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  • Finance

    ROMANIADEVELOPING CAPITAL MARKETS

    In November we acquired a 4.99 per cent stake in the Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB), demonstrating support for Romania’s comprehensive efforts to strengthen local capital markets.

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  • Industry, Commerce and Agribusiness
    Animal welfare

    UKRAINEIMPROVING ANIMAL WELFARE

    We are committing more resources to support agriculture, an important sector for the Ukrainian economy. The investment will allow pig-farming company Nyva to become a national benchmark for animal welfare and environmental standards.

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  • Nuclear safety

    RUSSIADECOMMISSIONING THE LEPSE

    The service ship, Lepse, contains spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste and poses a significant environmental threat to north-western Russia and the surrounding area. We are playing a key role in efforts to dismantle the vessel and safely dispose of its cargo.

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  • Reform

    GEORGIASWITCHING TO DIGITAL

    2014 saw preparation for the switchover of broadcasting transmission technology from analogue to digital in Georgia, with extensive support through our Legal Transition Programme. The project helped to harmonise domestic law with European Union law.

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  • Industry, Commerce and Agribusiness
    Bumper Harvest

    TUNISIAEXPANDING OLIVE PRODUCTION

    The FAO and EBRD have joined forces to expand Tunisia’s olive sector. The priorities are to boost productivity, initiate policy dialogue, introduce new technology and help producers raise awareness of their products.

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  • Finance

    CAUCASUSBOOSTING ENERGY SAVINGS

    Our Caucasus Energy Efficiency Programme provides credit lines totalling US$125 million, which local partner banks use to help companies and private households finance sustainable energy investments.

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  • Gender

    EgyptHELPING YOUNG JOB SEEKERS

    Through an investment in a retail and entertainment centre in Cairo, we are helping to address the skills gap among young Egyptian job seekers while boosting retail infrastructure.

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  • Industry, Commerce and Agribusiness
    KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY

    TURKEYDEVELOPING THE KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY

    Turkish electronic goods manufacturer Vestel Elektronik is investing in research for the development of energy-efficient smart TV sets and light-emitting diode (LED) products, with the help of EBRD financing.

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  • Infrastructure

    POLANDEXPANDING A TRANSPORT HUB

    Poland’s only deep-water container port facilities, located in Gdansk, will see the construction of a second terminal thanks to co-financing arranged by the EBRD. The city is a major transhipment hub for the southern and eastern Baltic region.

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  • Energy

    UKRAINEBOOSTING THE GAS SECTOR

    As part of efforts to support the Ukrainian economy and promote reforms, we are providing a loan of up to €150 million to finance the upgrade and repair of a key section of the country’s gas transmission system.

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  • Infrastructure

    MOLDOVAGREENING PUBLIC TRANSPORT

    In Bălți, the second largest city in Moldova, we helped modernise a 20-year-old fleet of trolleybuses to ensure more comfortable and reliable commuter journeys and reduce greenhouse gases.

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  • Industry, Commerce and Agribusiness

    CROATIAINVESTING IN TOURISM

    An investment in the nautical tourism sector will upgrade and expand infrastructure, bringing it up to international standards. The project will also seek to provide training and employment opportunities for young people.

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  • Finance

    PolandACQUIRING BONDs

    We are backing the international expansion plans of a leading Polish insurance company, PZU, by buying €40 million of senior unsecured Eurobonds in the insurer’s €500 million debut bond issue.

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  • Industry, Commerce and Agribusiness

    KYRGYZ REPUBLICSTRENGTHENING SMALL BUSINESS

    A small firm based in the southern Kyrgyz Republic is upgrading its ore-processing facilities with a loan through the EBRD’s Medium-Sized Co-Financing Facility. The company can now ensure a continuous supply of raw material to the plant.

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  • Gender
    Empowering Women

    REGIONALEmpowering Women

    In 2014 we commissioned a report examining the influence of legal pluralism and social norms in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey. The report will recommend project interventions that support women’s participation in social and economic life.

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  • Infrastructure

    WESTERN BALKANSLINKING REGIONAL RAILWAYS

    Financing the construction of a key rail corridor linking Albania’s Adriatic coast to the Black Sea in Bulgaria is boosting regional integration in the Western Balkans.

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  • Industry, Commerce and Agribusiness
    Semed technology

    SEMEDFOSTERING THE TECH SECTOR

    The appeal of the Western Balkans to world-class private equity players was illustrated by an investment in SBB/Telemach. The project is expected to increase competition in the regional telecommunications sector.

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  • Reform

    MOLDOVAADOPTING AN ENERGY EFFICIENCY LAW

    Residential buildings are the largest end-users of energy in Moldova. With temperatures dropping below -20°C in winter, keeping out the cold is a concern for many people. A new law will help establish a legal framework for improving the energy efficiency of buildings.

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  • Industry, Commerce and Agribusiness
    Morocco Tourism

    MOROCCODRIVING THE TOURIST SECTOR

    Tourism is the top provider of foreign currency in Morocco and the second-largest creator of jobs in the country. A recent EBRD investment will support the development of the sector through the construction and operation of up to four hotels.

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  • Infrastructure

    BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINAIMPROVING WATER QUALITY

    The EBRD and the EU are helping to improve the quality of water services in Bosnia and Herzegovina by financing the expansion of the water supply infrastructure in Čapljina.

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  • Industry, Commerce and Agribusiness

    CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPECATALYSING INNOVATION

    The ICT sector is vital for successful economic transition. We are joining forces with partners to support the market expansion of a mobile virtual network operator, enabling the roll-out of mobile broadband products that are unique and affordable.

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  • Reform

    CROATIAREGULATING FACTORING TRANSACTIONS

    With assistance from the EBRD, Croatia has adopted a law on factoring, improving the legal certainty of transactions and enhancing the legitimacy of the industry. The ultimate goal is to facilitate access to finance for SMEs.

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  • Industry, Commerce and Agribusiness
    Global investment in telecoms

    REGIONALPROMOTING COMPETITION IN TELECOMS

    The appeal of the Western Balkans to world-class private equity players was illustrated by an investment in SBB/Telemach. The project is expected to increase competition in the regional telecommunications sector.

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