The European Investment Bank in its archives: the first Thirty years 1958-1988
The European Investment Bank (EIB) was created in 1958 by the Treaties of Rome, signed on 25 March 1957. The EIB is an autonomous financial body within the European Union. Its main mission is to contribute to the development, the economic and social cohesion and integration of EU Member States through investments. The EIB also supports the EU development cooperation worldwide. From 2015 the EIB is part of the new Framework Partnership Agreement which set the frame for an enhanced cooperation and partnership between the HAEU and the EU Institutions. In 2018 the EIB celebrates its 60th anniversary to which the Historical Archives of the European Union contributes with this exhibition.
EIB Statutes of 1957 and the EIB initial capital of 1 billion European Payment Union units on 1 January 1958. (HAEU, BEI 224 and EIB)
Portrait of the first EIB President Pietro Campilli. Photo from the EIB financed project on the Alfa Romeo construction plant in Naples, Italy (1960). Loan contract between the EIB and the Cassa per il Mezzogiorno, signed by EIB President Paride Formentini and Gabriele Pescatore, President of the Cassa per il Mezzogiorno, for the Alfa Romeo project, 15 October 1960 (EIB; HAEU, BEI 2036; EIB)
Photo of the first EIB headquarters at Mon des Arts in Brussels in 1958. Cadaster map in a comparative study on the Kirchberg and Roosevelt boulevard projects in Luxembourg, 02 December 1970. Image of the first EIB headquarters at 2, Place of Metz in Luxembourg, 1968 (EIB; HAEU, BEI 519; EIB).
EIB loan for the Aquitaine project, 26 November 1959. Photo of a plant breeding in Kenya (2000). EIB note on Ivory Coast in view of the project Sonaco, 8 December 1964 (HAEU, BEI 2013; EIB; HAEU, BEI-2055)
Letter from EIB Vice President Hans Karl von Mangoldt‐Reiboldt to EIB President Paride Formentini on granting loans to West Berlin under Article 18 of the EIB statutes, 14 August 1959. EIB funded project, installation of air control equipment in Greek airports (1981). EIB Memorandum on the accession of new Members to the EC and the EIB, 18 December 1970 (HAEU, BEI 2051; EIB; HAEU. BEI 5624).