Removing barriers to investment

The Investment Plan for Europe aims to remove barriers to investment through complementary actions at EU and national level. Its objective is to promote investment by providing greater regulatory predictability, removing bottlenecks to investment and further deepening the single market.

Actions at EU level

Single market strategy

Contributing to stimulating growth and jobs and making Europe a more competitive and attractive place for investment and innovation.

Capital markets union

Creating deeper and more integrated capital markets in Europe to help mobilise capital for all companies, including SMEs, and infrastructure projects that need it to expand and create jobs.

Digital single market strategy

Easing access to online goods, designing rules which match the pace of technology, and taking advantage of what digitalization offers.

EU action plan for the circular economy

Driving the transition towards a more resource-efficient economy where the value of products, materials and resources is maintained in the economy for as long as possible, and the generation of waste minimised.

Guidance for national and public authorities

Statistical treatment of public and private partnerships [pdf] – guide from Eurostat and the EIB to help national authorities better understand the impact that the features of PPP contracts have on government balance sheets, and help public authorities in taking well-informed decisions when preparing and procuring their PPPs.

Applying state aid rules on public funding of infrastructure – to help public authorities and companies identify when public support measures can be granted without needing approval under EU state aid rules.

Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS) – offers technical support to EU countries, including capacity-building assistance for growth-enhancing administrative and structural reforms.

Combining EFSI financing with European structural and investment funds – to help public authorities and project promoters make full use of the opportunities of combining the EFSI and ESI Funds.

Actions at national level

Encouraging national authorities

EU countries can also do more to improve the framework conditions for investment at the national level. Where available, they should increase public investment in areas conducive to growth, such as infrastructure, health, education and research.

The European Commission encourages national authorities to:

  • accelerate structural reforms
  • tackle investment bottlenecks such as regulatory and administrative barriers and lengthy approval procedures
  • identify a stable pipeline of projects and ensure these are well coordinated

Country Specific Recommendations – as part of the European Semester, the Commission has placed particular emphasis on the identification of investment challenges and the priority reforms to remove them.