Austria is a founding member of the EBRD and an important contributor to the EBRD's work.
Since 1992 Austria has made available nearly €116 million in donor funds helping to improve people’s lives and environments through funding for a wide range of projects and programmes supporting strategic initiatives.
Austria and the EBRD: at a glance
€116mn donor funds supporting EBRD operations
2.28% capital share
Particular attention has been given to municipal and environmental infrastructure and energy efficiency projects, with bilateral contributions totalling €25 million and €29 million, respectively. Austria strongly supports the strategic initiatives of the Bank such as the Sustainable Resource Initiative (SRI). It was the first donor to establish a Fund dedicated to the SRI to which it has contributed a total of €4 million to date.
Geographically, the Western Balkans and the ETC countries are priority regions. Austria plays a key role in the activities of the Western Balkans Investment Framework and supports the Municipal Infrastructure Development Fund, which provides loans for projects in small and medium-sized municipalities and utility companies in the region. It also continues to finance projects in the infrastructure and energy efficiency sectors in Ukraine and south east Europe.
Austria is also an important source of foreign direct investment in the countries where the Bank invests. The value of joint Austria-EBRD investment stood at €22.2 billion as of January 2017. EBRD finance accounted for €13 billion of this total and Austrian investment accounted for €9.2 billion.
Regional Austria-EBRD investment accounted for 43 per cent of joint investments, followed by Romania with 31 per cent and Poland with 25 per cent. Broken down by industry, joint Austria-EBRD investment has been 56 per cent in industry, commerce and agribusiness, 20 per cent in energy, 14 per cent in financial institutions and 10 per cent billion in infrastructure.
Austrian banks are also involved in the Trade Facilitation Programme, through which the EBRD guarantees the payment of trade finance instruments issued by banks in the countries where we invest to foreign confirming banks. Through the Programme, the EBRD has supported 551 export and import transactions of Austrian companies totalling €290.8 million. Of the 800 foreign confirming banks and bank branches participating in the Programme, 20 are Austrian.
Between 2012 and 2016, the EBRD and its clients awarded 67 consultancy contracts totalling €10.79 million to Austrian consultants in the areas of municipal infrastructure, environmental and social reform and sustainable energy, including 20 consultancy contracts worth over €275,000 with the Advice for Small Business programme for the provision of management advice.