We provide targeted financial solutions to assist EU and Accession countries to develop their risk capital markets and reach sustainability to foster the regional SMEs lending sector. We aim to identify and address market failures and are committed to providing support to SMEs in less developed regions across the EU. Striving to respond to the particular needs of specific regions in Europe, the EIF is involved in a number of initiatives to promote regional business development and to use its expertise and experience to create market impact through local implementation of financial instruments.

EIF promotes regional development and EU cohesion policy through :

The JEREMIE initiative covers EU Member States and is not restricted to Convergence Objective regions. All regions of both Convergence and Competitiveness Objectives are eligible, provided that Member States or Managing Authorities have identified the potential need for JEREMIE in their respective operational programmes and decide to implement JEREMIE.

EIF’s expertise in partnering with national institutions is firmly established and forms a central part of its strategic development and regional business focus. EIF is advising, sponsoring or managing a number of equity Funds-of-Funds and guarantee / debt funds on behalf of third party investors, including national and regional governments as well as private strategic investors. The objective is to support EU policy objectives and provide a wide choice of financial solutions tailored to complement existing national schemes to support SMEs.


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