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Online exhibition - 60 years of the European Investment Bank

Posted on 09 May 2018

On the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the European Investment Bank the Historical Archives of the European Union launches an online exhibition examining the first thirty years of the Bank based on records from the archives in Florence.

Founded by the Treaties of Rome, the EIB started operations in 1958 as an autonomous financial body within what later became the EU. Its main mission remains investment that builds the development, the economic and social cohesion and the integration of EU Member States.

The EIB also supports EU development policy worldwide. Since its creation, the EIB has invested in more than 11.900 sustainable investment projects in around 162 countries.

The exhibition explores EIB history in the three decades to 1988 by taking a close look at archival records that have been deposited at the Historical Archives under a deposit agreement signed in 2005. The exhibition displays loan agreements, correspondence and project details, as well as other media, such as a photo of the EIB project at the Alfa Romeo construction plant in Naples, Italy, and the corresponding loan contract between the EIB and the Cassa per il Mezzogiorno.

A selection of the documents from the exhibition will be on display in the reading room at Villa Salviati during our Open Day on 12 May 2018 and will be exhibited until our summer break.

Take a look at our exhibition here.

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