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INVESTMENT PLAN FOR EUROPE #investEU
The European Commission's top priority is reinvigorating the European economy bringing back jobs and growth. A significant part of this work involves tackling the shortfalls in investment, both in infrastructure and in job-creating businesses, since the financial crisis.
The Investment Plan for Europe aims to deliver greater investment through:
- A dedicated "European Fund for Strategic Investments" (EFSI) to promote €315 billion of investment over 3 years
- An advisory one-stop-shop for those seeking investment – the European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH); and a simple portal to match project promoters with investors seeking projects, across Europe – the European Investment Project Portal
- Work to create a more investment-friendly environment for private enterprise, tackling regulatory and other barriers to investment
EFSI aims to mobilise at least €315 billion of extra investment throughout the EU over three years. It works through an additional guarantee for the European Investment Bank (EIB), allowing it to take on a higher level of risk in its portfolio of investment projects. The Fund is managed by the EIB and runs alongside its existing financing streams. It will invest in infrastructure in a wide range of fields (such as energy, transport and digital infrastructure) and in SMEs and innovation.
The European Investment Advisory Hub is the gateway to investment support. It offers advisory and technical support services to anyone wishing to access investment funding opportunities through the European Investment Bank. Private and public project promoters can get expert advice on preparing and advancing their investment projects, drawing on the experience of the eIB, the European Commission and national partner bodies.
More information on how to access the EIAH.
The European Investment Project Portal is a web portal allowing project promoters within the EU to publicise their projects to potential investors across the globe. Based on a standard set of project information, it brings together the projects and the investors looking for projects. Project submissions can be made via this form.
How do I apply for finance under the European Fund for Strategic Investments?
For infrastructure projects above €25 million, you can apply directly to the European Investment Bank.
For SMEs looking for finance (debt or equity products), you can contact European Investment Fund Intermediaries in the UK.
Latest information on progress on the Investment Plan:
For the latest state of play on the Investment Plan, see here
For the state of play by sector, see here
For the situation in the UK, see here