In 2016, the volume of operations surged, reaching a record € 3.5 billion in loan applications approved, representing a 50% increase over the previous year. In total, 35 projects were approved, many of them substantial in both size and scope. This exceptional development stems in part from the additional demand from the countries of Western and Northern Europe as a result of the current immigration situation.

In other countries, as the economic environment shows signs of improvement, governments have begun to invest more in social sectors such as education, health and local infrastructure, and have turned to the CEB for support.