EIB loans, guarantees in Hungary at EUR 767 mln in 2020
Loans and guarantees of the European Investment Bank (EIB) group to clients in Hungary added up to EUR 767 million in 2020, the lender said on Tuesday according to a report by state news wire MTI.
Most of the funding went toward accelerating the recovery of Hungarian SMEs and mid-caps from the coronavirus crisis, as well as supporting the recovery of the public healthcare sector from the pandemic.
The credit included EUR 275 mln for SME financing available through the Hungarian Development Bank (MFB) and Magyar Eximbank, EUR 120 mln for an upgrade of the network of the Hungarian Electricity Works (MVM) in southeast Hungary, a EUR 200 mln loan to the government for participation in EU-financed projects that will support improvements in services, telecoms, education, and urban development, as well as providing additional backing to Hungarian SMEs and mid-caps, and a EUR 162.5 mln loan for procurement of pandemic defense materials.
Finance Minister Mihály Varga said the EIB had provided "remarkable support" in health protection and in boosting public and private sector investments "with the help of increased credit lines and flexible lending practices".
The EIB has lent a total of EUR 22.8 billion in Hungary.
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