More than 600 million euros unlocked for Bulgarian SMEs
The funds will be available for entrepreneurs as a part of the SME Initiative, developed by the European Commission alongside with the European Investment Bank (EIB).
The funding agreement was signed between the EIF Chief Executive Luigi Gilibertand the Bulgarian Minister of Economy Bojidar Loukarsky, New Europe reports.
The implementation of the SME initiative programme will allow entrepreneurs to get an access to numerous EU business-support programmes such as competitiveness and innovation funding as well as to reduce the European fees for administrative compliance.
Both the EU Commission and the Bulgarian government are confident that the reached agreement will contribute effectively to the growth of the job market and attract private investments in the country.
The SME Initiative is a joint financial instrument of the Commission and the EIB Group, which aims at stimulating financing of small and medium size businesses in EU member states.
The programme guarantees selected intermediaries, such as banks, leasing companies, guarantee institutions and debt funds, against losses and potential capital relief at an advantageous cost.
These organisations, in turn, are entitled to provide small and medium side businesses with loans, leasing and guarantees at favorable terms. ■