The Institute has signed a new research contract for young researchers (STAREBEI) with the European University Institute in Florence on “The European Investment Bank at the origins of a European environmental policy”.

This is the 60th such contract since the programme was created.

The research grant will last 11 months and is the fourth signed in 2021 following those with Johns Hopkins University, Bologna, the University of Luxembourg and Sapienza Università di Roma.

The research project aims to assess the leading role of the EIB in the EU early environmental policy from the 1970s to the Treaty of Maastricht in 1993. Since the 1960s the EIB has supported projects with an environmental dimension, particularly in the water sector. In 1972, the Bank charged the engineers of its Technical Advisory Service to assess systematically the environmental impact of all projects appraised.

This is the third research contract for young researchers between the EIB and EUI following “the EIB and the Mezzogiorno” and “Firms dynamics: the effects of COVID-19”.

STAREBEI (STAges de REcherche BEI-EIB research internships) is a programme that provides grants to universities in order to finance junior researchers carrying out research projects proposed by the EIB Group (EIB and EIF) under the joint supervision of a university tutor and an EIB or EIF co-tutor. To date, 65 young researchers from 41 universities in 14 European countries have benefited from the 59 STAREBEI research grants signed under the STAREBEI programme.