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Initiatives launched for enterprises and infrastructure and a pro-active approach taken to the mobilisation of Junker fund's in Europe among the parameters evaluated by CEPS, one of Europe's most important think-tanks
Italy is the number-one country in Europe in the mobilisation of Juncker funds. Thanks in part to CDP, the National Promotion Institution (NPI) that takes the most pro-active approach to the promotion of investment platforms.
These are the findings of the report entitled The European Fund for Strategic Investments as a New Type of Budgetary Instrument by CEPS, one of the most important and authoritative think-tanks that conduct independent research and debates concerning matters relating to the European Union.
The document provides an overview of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and offers an account of the impact of the first year and a half of activity of the Junker Plan. Among the investment platforms promoted by CDP, the most emblematic case is that of the Thematic Investment Platform for Italian SMEs, promoted by CDP and the European Investment Fund (EIF), which aims to facilitate access to credit for small and medium Italian enterprises, by pooling the resources of CDP and national and European funds (COSME). The platform is the most important guarantee agreement reached in Europe within the framework of the Juncker Plan and lays the foundation for the implementation of a series of risk-sharing initiatives, thanks to which CDP may issue counter-guarantees for the benefit of financial institutions within the framework of financing projects for Italian SMEs.
CDP is the National Promotion Institution (NPI) that promoted the greatest number of platforms, above all for SMEs, in Europe. Thanks to the work it has done and the initiatives it has launched to benefit businesses, CDP has earned itself a position of eminence in Europe in attracting potential investors, drawing resources to promote the growth of Italian SMEs through easier access to credit markets.
This important recognition is closely tied to the key role played by CDP in implementing the Juncker Plan. Indeed, Italy is the EU Member State that has benefited the most from the Plan in terms of investment and the CDP model is an example to be followed thanks to its pro-active commitment in collaboration with European authorities and other NPIs.
Five new platforms launched: this is the more than positive reckoning after one year of activity. The Italian economy received 4.6 billion, for a total of 9.6 billion of available resources, allocated to five initiatives: four focusing on SMEs (2i per l’Impresa, the CDP-EIF risk-sharing platform, the European securitisation platform, Ensi and Itatech, which finances the development and industrial exploitation of the results of academic research) and one to support the development of infrastructure and large projects in Italy and Europe (large networks). More recently, three other initiatives were announced: one involving SMEs operating in agriculture and agri-business (AGRI), another aimed at co-financing with the EIB of "mid-caps", i.e. companies with a maximum of 3,000 employees (CDP Corporates) and, lastly, an agreement to provide support and advisory on developing and structuring technically sustainable and financeable projects (EIAH - the European Investment Advisory Hub).
These are in addition to other platforms already being built or designed that will expand the range of activities and targets: from debt funds to smart housing, small infrastructure and new risk-sharing initiatives in support of climate change and credit for enterprises. The recognition received by CEPS is thus further confirmation of the Group's strategy in supporting small and medium enterprises. This is how we promote the future of the Italian economy by supporting Italian companies throughout their life cycles, in accordance with the goals set in the 2016-2020 Business Plan