EBRD directors visit Poland

By Svitlana  Pyrkalo

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A delegation of the EBRD Board of Directors will pay a five-day visit to Poland on 22-26 October 2012. The visit will cover the capital Warsaw as well as Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski and Stalowa Wola regions in the south-east of the country.

The EBRD Board of Directors will have meetings with the Polish national and regional authorities and with private companies. They will also hold talks with representatives of civil society organisations, independent think tanks and the diplomatic community. Discussions will focus on Poland’s economic development and the EBRD’s operational priorities in the country, such as lending to private corporates, particularly to small and medium-sized companies, and improving energy efficiency. 

Representatives of the Board on this visit will include:

  • Zbigniew Hockuba, respresenting Poland/Bulgaria/Albania (host director)
  • Joachim Schwarzer representing Germany (spokesperson for the delegation)
  • Toshiyuki Furui representing Japan
  • Ole Hovland representing Norway/Finland/Latvia
  • Klara Krol representing Hungary/Czech Republic/Slovak Republic/Croatia/Georgia
  • Giorgio Leccesi representing Italy
  • Vassili Lelakis representing the EU
  • Pedro Moriyon representing Spain/Mexico

Since the beginning of its operations in 1991, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has invested over €5.5 billion in Poland in more than 300 projects with a total value of over €28 billion. In addition to its wide product range for banks and companies, in recent years the Bank has also built a growing portfolio of investments in energy efficiency, renewable sources of energy and environmental upgrades in the country, for which demand remains high. Another focus of the EBRD has been crisis response in the banking sector and the development of the local currency capital markets.

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