The Netherlands is a founding member of the EBRD and an important contributor to the Bank's work.
Since 1992, the Netherlands has contributed more than €130 million bilaterally for technical cooperation (TC) and non-TC 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
€130mn donor funds supporting EBRD operations
2.48% capital share
€22.4bn 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, as well as the Ukraine Stabilisation and Sustainable Growth and SEMED Multi-Donor Account. Support has also been provided for EBRD projects through its Facility for Infrastructure Development (ORIO) programme.
The latest 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 €22.4 billion as of January 2017. EBRD finance accounted for €11.7 billion of this total and Dutch investment accounted for €10.7 billion.
Netherlands-EBRD investment has been especially strong regionally with 57 per cent of joint investments, Poland with 24 per cent and Ukraine with 19 per cent. Broken down by sector, 51 per cent of joint Netherlands-EBRD investment has been in industry, commerce and agribusiness, 31 per cent in energy, 12 per cent in financial institutions and 6 per cent in infrastructure.
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 2016, Dutch consultants won 101 consultancy contracts totalling over €2.17 million for projects in advice for small business, sustainable energy investment, agribusiness and transport sectors.