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FIEC POSITION PAPER

Date 23/03/2015

Draft Regulation on the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI)

  • FIEC welcomes the EU Investment Plan and supports the EFSI proposal
      1. Priority Sectors
FIEC welcomes very much the European Commission’s proposal for a European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), which will be an investment friendly framework. The creation of this leverage instrument is very good news and a very good signal for the EU and international private investors.

FIEC welcomes in particular the fact that President Juncker’s investment plan targets the right priorities for the EU’s renewed growth, that is, on one hand, key infrastructure for competitiveness and, on the other hand, investment in SMEs to boost jobs. Both are likely to have an immediate effect on jobs and economic recovery on a European scale.

Moreover, article 5 paragraph 2 – which lists the types of sectors which can benefit from the mobilisation of the EU guarantee – also clearly refers to the need for investment in energy and resource efficiency which represent an essential link to EU energy and climate policy, in education and training, as well as in urban development.

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