European Commission raises €8 billion in its 11th transaction since the start of the programme

The European Commission has today issued €8 billion in a dual tranche transaction under the NextGenerationEU recovery instrument. The deal was the 11th syndicated transaction under NextGenerationEU and the 6th in 2022. It consisted of a new 7-year bond of €5 billion due on 4 December 2029 and a €3 billion tap of an existing 20-year bond due on 4 July 2041.

The EU continued to attract strong investor demand despite a more challenging market backdrop. The combined order books reached over €61 billion demonstrating the ongoing appeal of NextGenerationEU bonds for investors.

Commissioner in charge of Budget and Administration, Johannes Hahn, said: “The Commission continues to successfully execute its funding programme despite the challenging market environment. This is good news for our Member States, who continue to receive support for their economic and social recovery as well as for the green and digital transition.”

With today’s transaction, the Commission has issued a total of €58 billion in long-term funding under NextGenerationEU in 2022. Having achieved its funding target for the first half of the year, the Commission is now progressing with the execution of its funding plan for the period between July and December 2022. More concretely, the Commission intends to issue €50 billion of EU-Bonds to finance the NextGenerationEU recovery programme in the second half of the year. As in the first half of the year, this long term funding will be complemented by short-term funding raised via the EU-Bills programme.

Since its launch in June 2021, the Commission has raised €129 billion in long-term EU-Bonds under the NextGenerationEU programme. Of this total, €28 billion has been raised in the form of green bonds. The Commission will continue using the funds raised to support Europe’s post-pandemic recovery, financing Member States under the Recovery and Resilience Facility as well as via other EU programmes. The Commission has so far disbursed over €100 billion under the Recovery and Resilience Facility and €15.5 billion under other EU programmes which benefit from NextGenerationEU financing.