Outside the EU
Here you can find a range of websites to help SMEs involved in business outside the EU to access funding and for market support.
Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF)
The NIF focuses on the investment needs of neighbouring countries in fields like transport, energy, the environment and social issues. It also supports SMEs through risk capital operations.
SMEs in Eastern Neighbourhood countries
European Investment Bank (EIB) loans for small businesses are available in the EU's neighbours in Central and Eastern Europe (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine), via the EIB's partner banks.
EBRD’s Small Business Initiative
The EBRD’s Small Business Initiative supports micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) with direct assistance from experienced business advisors and consultants, and provides loans and investment.
SMEs in Mediterranean partner countries
The EIB’s Facility for Euro-Mediterranean Investment and Partnership (FEMIP) grants loans to small businesses to boost the economic infrastructure in the Mediterranean (Algeria, Egypt, Gaza/West Bank, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria and Tunisia).
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
While the EBRD finances many small projects directly, it also supports financial intermediaries such as local commercial banks, micro-business banks, equity funds and leasing facilities, to give entrepreneurs and small firms greater access to finance.