Easing access to capital for innovative and socially beneficial companies 

European venture capital funds (EuVECA) and European social entrepreneurship funds (EuSEF) should become more attractive to investors under new rules to be put to the vote on Thursday.

Uniform fund registration rules, enhanced supervision of the funds by the EU and national authorities and cross-border marketing of these funds should help broaden the range of companies to find investors on European capital markets.



EuVECA and EuSEF are two voluntary funds within the Capital Market Union Action Plan, aiming to raise and invest capital in innovative SMEs and social undertakings in the EU.

The Capital Market Union aims to improve access to finance for such companies, so they do not exclusively depend on bank loans, but can complement those with alternative sources of finance. The CMU is designed to enhance investors’ confidence to back a more risky investment or socially engaged firms.

Procedure:  ordinary legislative procedure


Debate: Wednesday, 13 September

Vote:  Thursday, 14 September