EIB: 85 mln for infrastructure Brno, Czech Republic
Luxembourg, Luxemburg – The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending EUR 85 million for upgrading of the municipal infrastructure of Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic.
The loan will be used to co-finance small and medium-scale urban development projects which reflect the EIBâ€™s focus on urban renewal and are in line with the priorities set in the medium-term capital investment programme of the City of Brno.
The selected projects will be concentrated on rehabilitation and upgrading of the cityâ€™s infrastructure, in accordance with the municipalityâ€™s â€œStrategy for the City, 2020â€, to promote economic development and urban regeneration. For example, the City of Brno will use the EIB loan to finance the reconstruction of NÃ¡mestÃ Svobody (Liberty Square) and the JanÃ¡Äek Theatre, the most important theatre in Brno; the renovation of the New Town Hall; and the reconstruction of the Tugendhat Villa, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site representing one of the most significant architectural masterpieces of the 1920s, as well as the Tuhackova Elementary School.
Mr Ivan Pilip, the EIB Vice-President responsible for the Bankâ€™s operations in the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia, commented: â€œI am pleased that the EIB loan signed today will provide Brno, the second largest Czech city, with direct access to EIB funds as an additional source of finance. The EIB lending, combined with grants received from the EU Funds, will help the municipal authorities to implement projects that contribute to improving the quality of life in a city and region where the Bank is becoming increasingly involved.â€œ