Council of Europe Bank

EU Programme

Financing type: Loan

Programme: InvestEU via CEB

Main objective  

Supported by the InvestEU Guarantee, CEB provides direct financing (loans) for projects that enhance social inclusion. It supports two (of the four) InvestEU Policy Windows:

  • Social investment and skills: Financing projects in skills, education, training, social housing, schools, universities, hospitals, social innovation, healthcare, long-term care and accessibility, microfinance, social enterprise, integration of migrants, refugees and vulnerable people and more.
  • Sustainable infrastructure: Financing projects in sustainable energy, digital connectivity, transport, the circular economy, water, waste, other environment infrastructure and more.

In particular, through InvestEU, CEB aims to further increase its support for:

  • Social, affordable and student housing
  • Education, employment, and skills
  • Health care, long-term care and social care
  • Clean and smart urban mobility
  • Water and wastewater services
  • Flood protection.

In addition, in line with CEB’s Strategic Framework, the projects will support cross-cutting themes such as climate action, gender equality, and digitalisation.

Who is eligible

  • Governments
  • Local or regional authorities
  • Financial institutions (e.g. microfinance institutions, loan funds, credit unions)
  • Other public or private entities (e.g. social enterprises, associations, foundations, social infrastructure operators)

Borrowers must be located in an EU member state (except for Austria that is not a CEB member state).


How to access InvestEU funding via the CEB?

As detailed here, in order to access CEB funding, loan applications should include the following information:

  • bBrief description of the project and its alignment with the policy objectives listed above
  • Project’s financial aspects (e.g. loan amount, estimated project cost, financing plan) and implementation schedule
  • Summary of your profile (e.g. legal status, years in operation, etc.).

In line with the Loan and Project Financing Policy, loan applications must be approved and submitted to the CEB by the respective national authorities.

Financing Type:
Funding Theme:
Education and Training
Gender Equality
Social inclusion
Target Geographies:
EU Member States