The Netherlands is a founding member of the EBRD and an important contributor to the Bank's work.
Since 1992, the Netherlands has contributed nearly €130 million bilaterally for technical cooperation (TC) and co-investment grants, guarantees and carbon credit funds with contributions coming from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Environment.
Netherlands and the EBRD: at a glance
Around €130mn donor funds supporting EBRD operations
2.48% capital share
€23.55bn Netherlands-EBRD investments
The Netherlands is a major contributor to multilateral funds such as the Early Transition Countries (ETC) Fund and the European Western Balkans Joint Fund, the Ukraine Stabilisation and Sustainable Growth and SEMED Multi-Donor AccountSupport has also been provided for EBRD projects through its Facility for Infrastructure Development (ORIO) programme.
The recent contribution from the Netherlands, a €3.5 million grant through its Facility for Infrastructure Development (ORIO) programme, is used alongside an EBRD loan to support the construction of a sewage network and a wastewater treatment plant in the Municipality Cazin, in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Netherlands is one of the main sources of foreign direct investment in the EBRD’s countries of operations. The value of joint Netherlands-EBRD investment stood at €23.55 billion as of December 2018. EBRD finance accounted for €12.48 billion, and Dutch investment accounted for €11.07 billion.
Netherlands-EBRD investment has been especially strong in Poland, followed by Ukraine and Turkey. Broken down by sector, Netherlands-EBRD investment has been in industry, commerce and agribusiness, energy and financial institutions.
Dutch banks are also involved in the Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP), through which the EBRD guarantees the payment of trade finance instruments issued by banks in the EBRD’s countries of operations to foreign confirming banks. Through the Programme, the EBRD has supported 494 export and import transactions of Dutch companies totalling €270.6 million. Over 800 foreign confirming banks and bank branches participate in the TFP, 14 of which are Dutch.
In 2018, Dutch consultants won 56 consultancy contracts totalling over 845,000.