The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) is helping to finance infrastructure and innovation projects as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and mid-cap companies.
Mobilisation of private capital is a key feature of the EFSI.
The investment plan is already showing results with various projects across sectors and countries.
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.
Supporting investment in the real economy
New opportunities available for:
- Institutional investors in the EU and abroad
- Project promoters
- Small and medium-sized enterprises
To make the most of EFSI opportunities, potential beneficiaries can use:
- European Investment Project Portal (EIPP) - the online market place where worldwide investors and EU project promoters can meet
- European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH) - Europe's gateway to investment support
Creating an investment friendly environment
To help member states, the Commission has mapped the main challenges to investment at national level.
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.