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On 14 September 2016, the Commission proposed to extend the duration of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) until 31 December 2020, entailing changes in its governance and financial capacity. The agreement achieved in trilogue is due to be voted during the December plenary.

European Venture Capital Funds (EuVECA) and European Social Entrepreneurship Funds (EuSEF) are collective investment schemes that have been harmonised at European Union (EU) level since July 2013 by means of two regulations: (EU) No 345/2013 (EuVECA) and (EU) No 346/2013 (EuSEF). The Parliament is due to vote on proposals to amend these regulations during its September plenary.

Small and medium-sized enterprises

Fișe descriptive despre U.E. 01-09-2017

Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) constitute 99% of companies in the EU. They provide two thirds of private sector jobs and contribute to more than half of the total added value created by businesses in the EU. Various action programmes have been adopted to support SMEs, such as the Small Business Act, Horizon 2020 and the COSME programme. Their aim is to increase the competitiveness of SMEs through research and innovation, and to provide better access to finance for SMEs.

This note explains the objectives of and main differences between the Minimum Requirement for own funds and Eligible Liabilities (MREL) under the BRRD framework and the Total Loss Absorbing Capacity (TLAC) standard developed globally by the Financial Stability Board (FSB). It also summarizes the issues arising from the need to implement the TLAC standard under EU law.

The Creative Europe programme (CE) – in operation since January 2014 – brings together the cultural and media programmes during the 2007-2013 programming period and is designed to support activities in the cultural and audiovisual sectors and to promote cross-sectoral synergies. With the aim of enhancing the competitiveness of the creative and cultural industries, Creative Europe was devised to help the creative and cultural industries and audiovisual sectors to better face the challenges of increasing ...

COSME is a programme of the European Union which supports enterprises (in facilitating access to finance, supporting internationalisation, creating an environment favourable to competitiveness, encouraging entrepreneurship) in order to help them grow and create jobs.

Barriers to SME growth in Europe

Briefing 26-05-2016

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which represent 99% of all businesses in the EU, play a pivotal role in its economy. Nevertheless, in comparison to larger firms, they often face significant obstacles – internal, administrative and financial – which affect them disproportionately. SMEs have been affected negatively by the economic crisis, which is manifested in a reduction in the sector's employment figures. The financial and sovereign debt crises have also had a negative impact on the ...

Prospectuses for investors

Briefing 10-05-2016

On 30 November 2015, the European Commission published a proposal for a regulation on prospectuses (legal documents that provide details about an investment offer in an easily analysable format) to replace Directive 2003/71/EC, as amended by Directives 2008/11/EC, 2010/73/EU and 2010/78/EU. The aims of the regulation are to contribute to further financial market integration and to improve investor protection in the European Union. The proposal broadens the scope of the legislation and introduces ...

The European Union has not yet fully recovered from the global financial and economic crisis. GDP growth rates have begun to increase only slowly, and in most EU Member States investment activity lags behind pre-crisis levels – indicating sizable investment gaps. In fact, gross fixed capital formation in the euro area has declined by 15% since 2007. In 2014, the European Investment Bank (EIB), the EU's public bank and largest multilateral lending institution, contributed financing of €80.3 billion ...

This Paper examines the role played by National Promotional Banks and Regional Promotional Banks in implementing EU SME financial instruments across EU-28, to examine how far they are already involved in implementing these instruments and in what capacity they help to strengthen access to finance for SMEs. The focus is on instruments implemented under shared management, as well as on those implemented under direct management by the European Commission and indirect management by the EIB and the EIF ...