Enterprise: Financing SMEs
Brussels | Liège | Chenée | Brussels - EC/Breydel | Liège - Espace Wallonie
Access to risk capital is very important for innovation and competitivity in Europe and often European financial institutions and markets are not able to respond sufficiently to the needs of small and medium sizes enterprises (SMEs), notably at the start of a business campaign. Under the general framework of the Lisbon Strategy, the European Commission will present, on 30/06/2006, a new approach aimed at creating favourable conditions to help investments in the crucial start-up phase for innovative enterprises. In order to illustrate this subject, the European Commission's audiovisual service is preparing an infoclip which will contain footage illustrating the following subjects: - DG Enterprise, civil servants from the unit responsible for financial questions on SMEs, Brussels; - Information seminar on financial help for SMEs, Wallonia, Belgium - Steps taken by a young entrepreneur setting up an SME and looking for financial partnership, Wallonia, Belgium - An SME which has been awarded a loan with a counter guarantee of 50% from the European Investment Funds, Schaerbeek , Brussels, Belgium
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
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||Meeting organised by DG Enterprise, unit responsible for the promotion of SMEs competitiveness, presentation explaining the financial circuit between the European Commission, Investment Funds and enterprises (3 shots)
||Exterior shots of "Espace Wallonie", Liège, Belgium (3 shots)
||Young person who wishes to set up an SME discussing his project with the Wallonian Minister for Employment, Espace Wallonie (5 shots)
||Information seminar on microcredits organised for young entrepreneurs, Espace Wallonie (3 shots)
||Young SME entrepreneur and his banker discussing his financial plan, FORTIS Bank, Liège, Belgium (6 shots)
||Young entrepreneur presenting his financial plan to SOWALFIN (Wallonian Society for Finance) (7 shots)SOWLAFIN (the Wallonian Society which helps with financial matters and guarantees for SMEs) hopes to be the sole financial adviser for Wallonian SMEs.
||Icecream maker, Schaerbeek, Brussels, Belgium (4 shots)Head of an independent company (small-scale production of icecream). In 2004, he received a starter loan of ¯ 30.000 with a counter-guarantee of 50% from the European Investment Funds.
||Customers buying icecream (2 shots)
||Icecream maker looking through a file containing documents on bank loans (4 shots)