EIF Working Paper 2023/92, The 2022 EIF SME Access to Finance Index August 2023 update.

    Release date: 31 August 2023

This working paper elaborates on the most recent update of the EIF SME Access to Finance (ESAF) Index, a composite indicator used to monitor the state of SME external financing markets in the EU. The current update, using data for 2022, constitutes the tenth iteration of this exercise, resulting in a 10-year long time series for each of the 27 EU countries. The latest data captures the first impact of the rise in inflationary pressures and sustained geopolitical uncertainty arising from the war in Ukraine on European SMEs’ access to finance. For an extensive overview of the current state of SME financing markets the reader is referred to the EIF’s European Small Business Finance Outlook (Kraemer-Eis et al., 2023).

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