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Mobilising finance

The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)

Drives the Investment Plan for Europe. The EFSI aims to overcome current market failures by addressing market gaps and mobilising private investment. It will support strategic investments in key areas such as infrastructure, education, research and innovation, as well as risk finance for small businesses.

Regulation on the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)

This Regulation establishes the legal framework and provides the budgetary allocations for the first two strands of the Investment Plan - mobilising finance and financing investment.

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Supporting investment in the real economy

New opportunities available for:

  • Institutional investors in the EU and abroad - access to viable projects in various sectors and countries, or through thematic or geographic investment platforms
  • Project promoters - easier access to risk financing to help finance infrastructure and innovation projects of European significance in key sectors
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises - better access to finance for innovative companies with up to 3,000 employees

To make the most of EFSI opportunities, potential beneficiaries can use:

Creating an investment friendly environment

To improve the business environment and financing conditions, the investment plan will include progress towards a Digital Single Market, Energy Union and Capital Markets Union.

To help Member States, the Commission has mapped the main challenges to investment at national level.

Background

Since the global economic and financial crisis, the EU has been suffering from low levels of investment. Collective and coordinated efforts at European level are needed to reverse this downward trend and put Europe on the path of economic recovery.

Adequate levels of resources are available and need to be mobilised across the EU in support of investment. There is no single, simple answer, no growth button that can be pushed, and no one-size-fits-all solution.

Objectives

  • Reverse trends of falling investment to boost job creation and economic recovery – without adding to public debt or straining national budgets.

  • Support investment that meets the long-term needs of the economy and increases competitiveness.

  • Support investment that helps strengthen Europe’s productive capacity and infrastructure, with a particular focus on building a more interconnected single market.

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What's next?

2016
  • Progress will be reviewed, including at the level of Heads of State and Government.
  • Further options may be considered ahead of the mid-term review of the Multi-annual Financial Framework.