The Board of Directors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has today recommended to the Bank’s governors that they approve a paid-in capital increase of €4 billion to enable it to provide significant and sustained investment for Ukraine, now and in the future.
Endorsement by the Board of Directors is the first step in the formal process of increasing the EBRD’s shareholding from its current level of €30 billion.
Governors will make a final decision on the proposed capital increase by the end of 2023.
Today’s decision is in line with the governors’ recognition that support for Ukraine should be the Bank’s highest priority, now and in the future, following Russia’s full-scale invasion of the country, whilst also ensuring that the EBRD can continue to pursue its strategic priorities across all its economies of investment.
At the EBRD’s 2023 Annual Meeting in Samarkand in May 2023, the governors agreed that additional shareholder support would be required to ensure the Bank could play its full role. They also acknowledged that paid-in capital was the most efficient, effective and widely shared instrument to provide such support.
If the governors approve the proposal, this will be the third capital increase in the EBRD’s history, following similar decisions in 1996 and 2010.
The capital increase would take effect from the end of 2024, with first payments to come in early 2025.
Under the proposal submitted for governors’ consideration, the additional capital would enable the EBRD to continue providing a sustained level of investment during wartime of €1.5 billion a year, and to increase its annual investment in Ukraine to €3 billion in the future.
These investments would be twice the levels undertaken annually during wartime, and three times the pre-war average, and would preclude the need to systematically share risk with shareholders and donors through guarantees and grants.
An increase in capital of this size will strengthen the EBRD’s balance sheet and ensure that the Bank is able to undertake increased investment in Ukraine and continue fully supporting the other economies where it invests in tackling their transition challenges.
This support is particularly important in the context of the increased need to face geopolitical tensions and their economic consequences, and the climate crisis and the long-term challenges it poses.
The EBRD is a committed and steadfast partner of Ukraine. Over the last 30 years, the Bank has been the largest institutional investor in the country, with cumulative investment of more than €18 billion in more than 500 projects.
In October 2023 the EBRD reached its target of deploying at least €3 billion of financing in Ukraine’s real economy in response to Russia’s war on the country in 2022-23.