Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF)
This facility focuses on the investment needs of neighbouring countries in fields like transport, energy, the environment and social issues. It also supports the private sector particularly through risk capital operations targeting SMEs.
EIB loans for SMEs in Eastern Neighbourhood countries
European Investment Bank (EIB) loans for small businesses are now also 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 Small business support programmes
The Small Business Support (SBS) team supports the Enterprise Growth Programme (EGP) and Business Advisory Services (BAS) programme, providing micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) with direct assistance from experienced business advisors and consultants, helping them to adapt to the demands of a market economy.
EIB loans for SMEs in Mediterranean partner countries (FEMIP)
FEMIP grants loans to small businesses in the Mediterranean (Algeria, Egypt, Gaza/West Bank, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria and Tunisia), mostly through local intermediaries, for projects to boost the economic infrastructure of the area.
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.
EU/EBRD SME Finance Facility
The facility operates in the EU countries of Central and Eastern Europe (including Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia), funding small firms through loans to local banks, leasing companies and investments in private equity funds.