Innovative financial instruments

Innovative financial instruments

Innovative financial instruments are a way of deploying EU budgetary resources, and are complementary to grants or subsidies. Financial instruments are regulated in a dedicated section of the EU Financial Regulation.

Financing programmes for SMEs

Financing programmes for SMEs

Support for entrepreneurs and businesses is available through a wide range of EU programmes. These programmes facilitate access to finance via local financial institutions. Companies of any size or sector can benefit from this support, however there is specific focus on the backbone of the European Economy, the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding

The European Commission is exploring the potential and the risks of crowdfunding to identify if there should be European-level policy action in this field.

Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) – Financial Instruments

Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) – Financial Instruments

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is the funding instrument for the trans-European networks (TEN) in the fields of transport, energy and telecommunications, the CEF sectors.


  • Regulation (EU) No. 1316/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013, establishing the Connecting Eur
  • CEF Ex-ante assessment (August 2014)