The European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) is one of the three pillars of the Investment Plan for Europe and aims to overcome current market failures by addressing market gaps and mobilising private investment. It helps to finance strategic investments in key areas such as infrastructure, research and innovation, education, renewable energy and energy efficiency as well as risk finance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Projects supported by EFSI are subject to the normal EIB project cycle and governance (see illustration).
The process is supervised by a Steering Board. EFSI supports both individual projects and investment platforms.
To make the most of EFSI opportunities, potential beneficiaries can use:
One year after EFSI was put into force, the Commission has taken stock of the Investment Plan, looking at what has worked well, what can be improved, and how it should move forward.
To raise awareness in the industry about the potential benefits and financing opportunities related to the Investment Plan, the European Commission organised dedicated workshops for different sectors.
For more information contact GROW-F1@ec.europa.eu