Who is the EIF?
The EIF helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) grow and prosper in Europe, promoting innovation, supporting employment and improving the economy.
As part of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group, we design and deploy financial instruments, which enable banks and funds (financial intermediaries) to better serve SMEs.
As a result, we attract more private capital into the SME space, we kick-start new financing markets and ecosystems, and ultimately make more financing available to SMEs across the EU and associated countries.
The EIF manages resources on behalf of the EIB, the European Commission (EC), national and regional authorities and other third parties.
The EIF is a public-private partnership whose tripartite shareholding structure includes the EIB, the EU represented by the European Commission and various public and private financial institutions, including BPI S.A., Caixa Geral de Depósitos and Banco Português do Fomento (BPD).
of transactions signed across the EU and associated countries in 2020