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Improved access to investment for SMEs

(05/12/2011)

Improved access to investment for SMEs

The European Commission has amended a 2006 Regulation on investments through financial engineering instruments, in order to help businesses to have ready access to investment. This measure enters into force on 1 December.  

The amendment to Article 45 of Regulation (EC) No 1828/2006 aims to reinforce investment in businesses, particularly Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), in all Member States through financial engineering instruments. It allows for investment in enterprises at any stage of their normal business activity and not only at the time when they are established or are expanding.

The measure is of particular importance in times of lack of liquidity for enterprises and public budgetary constraints.

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