EIF and France: a longstanding partnership

The European Investment Fund has worked successfully in partnership with France for over two decades.


EIF and France:
a longstanding partnership

The European Investment Fund has worked successfully in partnership with France for over two decades.


We draw from a varied toolbox of initiatives and financial products, which help to deploy both EU and national funds to improve access to finance for SMEs, and to foster growth and innovation.


These span from larger initiatives, which target overarching areas of interest for investment across the EU and beyond, right down to more tailored products aimed at national or regional-specific needs.

EIF’s impact in France


Our impact on the small business ecosystem in France is aided by our strong partnerships with local fund managers, banks, SME associations and public authorities.


These fruitful collaborations ensure better access to finance for small business owners, upon whom any economy depends for its innovation and job creation.



Dario Scannapieco

Chairman of the Board of Directors, EIF

“In any given economy, small businesses play a substantial role in innovation, job creation and growth. The European Investment Fund, the expert SME financing arm of the EIB Group, undoubtedly plays a crucial role across Europe both as driver of facilitating access to finance for these small companies, as well as a collaborative partner for many countries, including France.”




Ambroise Fayolle

Vice-president, EIB

“Since its inception, the EIF has committed EUR 7.3 billion to France. And, because its financial instruments allow each euro of funding to have greater impact, this will catalyse EUR 43 billion in funding to small and medium sized enterprises, which represent 63% of the French workforce.


The EIF’s role in the market not only responds to high-level policy objectives set by the EU, in particular via the European Fund for Strategic Investments SME Window, but also those which are ‘closer to home’ such as the French Investment Plan 2018-2022.”


European Fund forStrategic Investments (EFSI)


2.3 billion€

committed


aiming to mobilise more than


15.1 billion€

70,957


SMEs in France have received financing so far under the EFSI SME Window



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