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Programme: European Investment Fund

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Programme
European Investment Fund
Acronym EIF
Type of Fund Financial Instruments
Description of programme
"European Investment Fund"
The central mission of the European Investment Fund (EIF) is to to support Europe's small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) by helping them to access finance. To this end, the EIF aims at satisfying existing and future market needs by designing innovative financial products addressed to their partners (banks, guarantee, leasing and microfinance institutions, private equity and venture capital funds, among others), acting as their financial intermediaries. By offering an Integrated Risk Finance Product Range of SME finance to their intermediaries, the EIF complement the products offered by the European Investment Bank (EIB). While the equity instruments aim to improve the availability of risk capital for high-growth and innovative SMEs, the EIF also targets the debt requirements, as many SMEs seek finance through this more traditional route. Therefore the EIF also provides guarantees and credit enhancement through securitisation to improve the lending capacity of their financial intermediaries and thus the availability and terms of debt for beneficiary SMEs.
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Thematic Focus SME, Finances, Innovation, Competitiveness
EU Macro-Regions
Danube Region, Adriatic and Ionian Region, Alpine Region, Baltic Sea Region
Funding area EU Member States
Albania / Shqipëria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iceland / Ísland
Kosovo
Liechtenstein
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
North Macedonia / Северна Македонија
Norway / Norge
Serbia / Сpбија
Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera
Turkey / Türkiye
Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Albania / Shqipëria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iceland / Ísland
Kosovo
Liechtenstein
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
North Macedonia / Северна Македонија
Norway / Norge
Serbia / Сpбија
Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera
Turkey / Türkiye
Eligible applicants Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees)
Type of Funding Loan
Contact Details https://www.eif.org/generic/contacts/index.htm

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