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TAFTIE Annual Conference 2014

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10/06/2014 - Warsaw
“GROWTH FINANCING- CHALLENGES IN FUNDING INNOVATION FOR GROWTH”

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Publication IDB study on the classification of Guarantee systems in Latin-America - English Version

29/01/2014
In January 2013, the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB) published a study by Messrs Pablo Pombo, Horacio Molin and Jesus N. Ramírez about the classification of guarantee systems in Latin-America. The study is only available in Spanish. This study examines...

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First RSI counter-guarantee agreement for innovative businesses signed in Austria

12/12/2013 - Vienna
The European Investment Fund (EIF) and Austria Wirtschaftsservice (AWS)have signed the first counter-guarantee agreement in Europe with a promotional institution to support lending to innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as Small...

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European Enterprise Promotion Awards event in Vilnius

25/11/2013 - Vilnius
INVEGA efforts to promote entrepreneurship draw international attention

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AECM 2nd Operational Training Session on State Aid Modernization

18/11/2013 - Vienna
AECM has held its 2nd Operational Training Session on 18th and 19th of November 2013 in Vienna, kindly hosted by our Austrian members from aws - AustriaWirtschaftsService.The subject of the OTS was on the current ongoing discussion on the State Aid Modernization...

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CMZRB NEWLY SUPPORTS PRO-EXPORT GUARANTEES

08/10/2013 - Prague
Based on agreement between the CMZRB and the Czech Export Bank (CEB), the CMZRB is newly authorized to assist SMEs applying for guarantees issued by the CEB. Guarantees will enable sub-contractors of exporters to receive bank loans for financing their...

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International Conference on Guarantee Models in Europe

03/10/2013 - Budapest
AVHGA, the Hungarian Rural Credit Guarantee Foundation (along with AECM) hosted an international conference on 3rd and 4th of October 2013 in Budapest, Hungary. The event was titled Guarantee Models in Europe – Focus on opportunities in CEI countries,...

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REGAR to hold its annual seminar from 25 – 27th September

25/09/2013
REGAR to hold its annual seminar from 25 – 27th September in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, hosted and co-organized by SEBRAE, the Brazilian Development Agency for Entrepreneurs and SMEs.

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bpifrance, the French public investment bank

12/07/2013
Oséo becomes integral part of bpifrance, the Banque publique d'investissement de France – the French public investment bank.

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OECD publishes study on the role of guarantee institutions to support SME access to finance

08/07/2013
On 30th January, the OECD's Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship (WPSMEE) published a study on “the role of Credit Guarantee Schemes and Mutual Guarantee Societies in supporting finance for small and medium-sized enterprises”, which has now been...

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CESGAR elects Mr. Oyarzabal as new Chairman of the Board of Directors

28/06/2013
On 28th June, the Spanish Confederation of Mutual Guarantee Societies (Confederación Española de Sociedades de Garantía Recíproca - CESGAR) elected Pedro Oyarzabal, Chairman of the Board of ELKARGI (Guarantee Society of the Basque Country), as its new...

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Compromise reached for the new programming period 2014 – 2020: EU Financial Instruments

27/06/2013
On the 27th of June 2013, the European Commission, European Parliament and Council achieved a compromise on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020, €960 billion of commitments, corresponding to 1,0% of the EU's Gross National Income (GNI) and €908...

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European Commission launches new portal for better access to finance

25/06/2013
On the 25th of June 2013, the European Commission launched the new single portal on EU financing. It provides easy, complete and up-to-date information on how entrepreneurs and SMEs can access over €100 billion of EU financing from various 2007-2013 programmes....

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AECM Seminar on EU SME Support Programmes

21/06/2013 - Rome
From 20th – 21st June 2013, the European Association of Mutual Guarantee Societies (AECM, description see annex) organized its annual General Assembly meeting as well as its Seminar on the topic of “EU SME Support Programmes – The Future Programming Period...

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AECM welcomes new member, HAMAG INVEST, the Croatian Agency for SMEs and Investments

20/06/2013
On the occasion of the AECM annual General Assembly, held in Rome on the 20th of June 2013, AECM members have approved the membership of HAMAG INVEST. HAMAG was established by governmental decision in 1994 as the Croatian guarantee agency and evolved...

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AECM Statistics leaflet

20/06/2013
On the 20th of June 2013 AECM published statistics relating to the guarantee activity 2012 of its members.AECM has currently 40 members in 20 EU Member States, Montenegro, Russia and Turkey.Some AECM members are national associations or networks and thus...

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FedartFidi inaugurates new head-quarter

19/06/2013 - Rome
On 19th June 2013, FedartFidi, the member organization of Assoconfidi, representing the Mutual Guarantee Societies of the crafts sector in Italy, inaugurated its new head-quarter in Rome at the Via Gian Domenico Romagnosi 1/B, Roma. The event counted...

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AECM publishes position on draft General Block Exemption Regulation

17/06/2013
As in its comments to the draft de minimis Regulation, AECM continues to plead for a general exemption of micro-companies from state aid regulation. In AECM's view, micro companies (as defined by the definition of Small Companies, GBER i.e. as Companies...

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EESC conference on the credit crunch and shrinking savings: how to kick-start the recovery

06/06/2013 - Brussels
AECM Chairman José Fernando Figueiredo participated as a speaker in the European Economic and Social Committee's (EESC) conference on “The credit crunch and shrinking savings: how to break the vicious circle to kick-start recovery?”. The event brought...

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AECM collaborates with the European Investment Fund (EIF) on the European Small Business Finance Outlook

04/06/2013
With the support of the Working Group on Statistics and Studies, AECM has started its collaboration with the EIF on their bi-annual Report entitled, European Small Business Finance Outlook. In the publication published beginning June 2013, a section on...

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EIF publishes Working Paper on Forecasting distress in European SME portfolios

27/05/2013
The EIF's Research & Market Analysis (RMA) unit has recently published a working paper on Forecasting distress in European SME portfolios.This analysis is based on a cooperation between the EIF and the University of Luxembourg/Luxembourg School of Finance....

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AECM publishes position on draft De Minimis regulation

15/05/2013
On 15th May 2013, AECM published its position paper on the Commission's draft proposal for the new De minimis Regulation to be adopted in the context of the State Aid Modernization (SAM) initiative. AECM is highly critical of the proposal in two specific...

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FNGCIMM hosts study visit - exchange good practices exchange with counterparts Republic of Moldova - TAIEX Programme

13/05/2013
Between the 7th and 10th of May 2013, the National Credit Guarantee Fund for SMEs (FNGCIMM) was the host institution of a four day study visit conducted by the representatives of the Organization for SME Sector Development of the Republic of Moldova (ODIMM).The...

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Invitation to EESC Conference on the Credit Crunch - 6th June 2013 in Brussels

08/05/2013 - Bruxelles
On Thursday 6 June 2013, the Group III "Various Interests" of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will hold an extraordinary meeting to examine and debate issues related to access to credit by economic operators and to stimulating consumer...

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Commission publishes draft proposal for GBER

08/05/2013 - Bruxelles
On 8th May 2013, the DG Competition of the European Commission has issued the draft proposal for the new General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) that is to be implemented latest on 1st January 2014. According to the Commission, the review of the GBER...

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German Association of Guarantee Banks launches software to calculate impact of participation finance and loan finance on own funds requirements

02/05/2013
The German Association of Guarantee Banks (VDB) expects own funds requirements for SME finance to rise due to the implementation of Basel III. One solution to improve capital requirements can be an increased use of participation finance via mezzanine...

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Commission Vice-President Tajani underlines importance of SME Finance in SME Finance Forum in Dublin – launch of single online portal for EU Financial Instruments for SMEs

02/05/2013 - Bruxelles
On 2nd May 2013, the European Commission organized a High Level Meeting of the SME Finance Forum on the eve of an Informal Competitiveness Council, a consultation platform of relevant European stakeholders in SME finance. AECM was represented by its Chairman,...

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FAO study on credit guarantee schemes in agriculture

30/04/2013
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO of the United Nations recently published a study on credit guarantee systems for agriculture and rural development. According to the FAO, partial credit guarantees are a comparatively new instrument in agricultural...

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Commission publishes working document on evaluation of state aid granted by EU Member States

26/04/2013 - Bruxelles
As part of the State aid Modernisation (SAM) initiative, the competition services of the European Commission published an issues paper on the possible role and scope of an evaluation of state aid that has been granted by Member States. In particular,...

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Registration deadline for AECM Annual Seminar prolonged to 8th May

25/04/2013
We kindly inform all our members and colleagues who have not yet registered for AECM annual event in Rome, Italy, 20th -22nd June 2013, that we still have a contingent of places and rooms and that inscriptions are still possible until the 8th of May.After...

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OECD publishes 2013 scoreboard on SME finance – Chapter on Credit Guarantee Schemes

19/04/2013
Access to finance remains a key challenge for small and medium-sized enterprises and a stumbling block to recovery in most countries, according to a new OECD report. Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2013: An OECD Scoreboard (extract) says small and medium-sized...

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Adoption of CRD IV - positive provisions for SME access to finance

16/04/2013 - Brussels
On 16th April, the European Parliament adopted the CRD IV, implementing the Basel III accord in the EU, with a wide majority after 9 months of negotiations between the European Parliament, Council and the European Commission. The CRD IV rules consist...

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BGK and EIF create Polish Growth Fund of Funds to stimulate equity investments and economic development in Poland

11/04/2013
The European Investment Fund (EIF) and Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (BGK), an AECM member organization, have established a Fund of Funds initiative to stimulate a greater level of equity investment into growth-focused enterprises in Poland and the CEE...

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GIZ publishes Guarantee manual for developing countries

01/04/2013
The German Society for International Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, GIZ) published a practical manual for setting up guarantee schemes in the particular context of developing countries. The GIZ underlines tThe economic...

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Commission opens consultation on long-term financing needs for the European economy

25/03/2013
On 25th March 2013, the Commission initiated a consultation process regarding the long-term financing needs for the European economy. All interested stakeholders are encouraged to provide contributions, particularly from national and international public...

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European Commission issues consultation on European Mutual Society Statute

11/03/2013
On 11th March 2013, DG Enterprise of the European Commission has started a public consultation with a questionnaire regarding a study on obstacles for Mutual societies in the Internal Market. The study contains details on characteristics, legal frameworks,...

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EIF publishes RSI call for counter-guarantee window

07/03/2013 - Luxembourg
The European Investment Fund (EIF) has published an amended RSI (Risk Sharing Instrument) Call for Expression of Interest. It is now open to guarantee institutions, which may apply for the RSI Counter-Guarantee. The RSI is a pilot programme, on the basis...

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Portuguese Mutual Counterguarantee Fund signs CIP guarantee agreement – 5th Portuguese Entrepreneurship Forum

31/01/2013 - Porto
On the 31st of January, the European Investment Fund (EIF) and the Fundo de Contragarantia Mútuo (FCGM – Portuguese Mutual Counterguarantee Fund managed by SPGM), have signed the first CIP loan counter-guarantee agreement in Portugal to support Small...

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EIF and Commission publish new funding and counter-guarantee extension to RSI pilot project

22/01/2013
On 22nd January, the EIF announced the provision of an additional €150 million by the European Commission to the Risk Sharing Instrument (RSI) pilot project. The RSI is managed by the European Investment Fund (EIF) and combines EU budget money and EIF...

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Demand for guarantees remains high in Germany – VDB presents performance figures for 2012

22/01/2013
The German Association of Guarantee Banks (Verband Deutscher Bürgschaftsbanken, VDB), the German member organization of AECM, presented first statistical material for its SME guarantee activity for the year 2012. According to the VDB, the German economy...

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Commission publishes consultation on the review of state aid in agriculture and draft guidelines for regional aid

14/01/2013
The European recently published two new consultations in relation with the State Aid Modernization initiative (SAM). SAM aims at reviewing existing EU State Aid legislation with a view of presenting a new Framework in time for the new EU programming period...

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Italian Banking Association and sectoral Business associations reach agreement on prolongation of SME Debt moratorium

10/01/2013
The Italian Banking Association (ABI) and the sectoral Business Associations agreed to a prolongation of the SME debt moratorium called “New measures for SME credit” until March 2013. Under the agreement, companies will have the option of asking for a...

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aws signs CIP counterguarantee agreement with EIF - reduced guarantee premiums for business start-ups and SMEs

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10/01/2013
On 10th January 2013, austria wirtschaftsservice (aws) and the European Investment Fund (EIF) signed a counterguarantee agreement in the framework of the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP).  Under the terms of the agreement, aws will be able...

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Commission State Aid Scoreboard shows less but better targeted state aid aside from anti-crisis measures

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21/12/2012
Published on 21st December, the European Commission's 2012 State Aid Scoreboard revealed that the volume of national support to the financial sector actually taken by banks between October 2008 and 31 December 2011 amounted to around €1.6 trillion (13 %...

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Commission opens public consultation on state aid rules for agriculture and forestry

20/12/2012
A public consultation on the state aid rules applicable in the agricultural and forestry sector has been opened by the European Commission on 20th December 2012, with stakeholders invited to provide their comments in the next 3 months. The consultation...

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FedartFidi presents guarantee survey of crafts sector for 2012 – Sustainability of the Confidi system

14/12/2012
On 14 th December 2012, FedartFidi, the sectoral association of mutual guarantee societies (Confidi) for craft businesses in Italy, presented its final draft of the annual study regarding its network. In Italy, the network represents some 133 Confidi,...

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Commission approves the prolongation of the National Loan Guarantee Scheme to ease SME access to finance

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14/12/2012
On 14th December, the European Commission decided to approve the prolongation of the UK National Loan Guarantee Scheme, originally approved on 14 March 2012. The measure aims at reducing the cost of finance for SMEs. The Commission found the National...

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PMV-Waarborgbeheer in Flanders to offer new guarantees for bridge financing in case of economic crisis

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13/12/2012
PMV-Waarborgbeheer, the public guarantee institution and AECM member for the Belgian Region of Flanders, has expanded its product supply. According to recent changes in legislation, it is now able to provide some types of bridge financing in Flanders...

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aws celebrates 10 years of existence - 63.000 projects supported from inception to market success – launch of “aws-promotional manager”

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12/12/2012
For the last 10 years, Austria Wirtschaftsservice (aws) has provided guarantees, subsidies, ERP-loans with low interest rates, own funds and consultancy services to support the growth and development potential of Austrian companies. On the occasion of...

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EIF publishes December 2012 European Small Business Finance Outlook

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12/12/2012
The European Small Business Finance Outlook (ESBFO) provides an overview of the main markets relevant to EIF (equity, securitisation, microfinance). The last ESBFO was published in May 2012. With regards to the market environment, the ESBFO found that...

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EIF sign a series of agreements for the RSI pilot programme

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10/12/2012
Over the last weeks, the European Investment Fund (EIF) signed a number of agreements with Financial intermediaries from the Netherlands, Spain, Ireland, Italy, Austria and the Czech Republic for the pilot programme of the “Risk Sharing Instrument” (RSI),...

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Commission publishes proposal for reform of state aid procedures and for exemption of certain aid categories from prior notification

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05/12/2012
On the 5th December and in the context of its State Aid Modernisation (SAM) initiative, the European Commission has adopted proposals to amend two Council Regulations governing EU state aid control. The reform of the Procedural Regulation of 1999 is aimed...

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ETEAN SA nominates Mr. Gerontoukos as new President and CEO

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03/12/2012 - Athens
On 27th September, AECM's Greek member organization, the Hellenic Fund for Entrepreneurship and Development (ETEAN SA), appointed its new CEO and President of the Board of Directors, Mr. George Gerontoukos.

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Transeo publishes report on its SME transfer conference 2012

03/12/2012
Transeo, a European non-profit association specialized in raising awareness regarding the issue of business transfer at regional, national and European level as well as working on solutions and projects to improve SME transfers, has just published its...

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Industry Committee in the European Parliament adopts report on COSME proposal

29/11/2012
On 29th November 2012, the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) adopted the Report by Rapporteur Jürgen Creutzmann (ALDE, Germany) on the new “Programme for Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs”, which is to replace the current Competitiveness...

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Lithuanian Agricultural Credit Guarantee Fund (Garfondas) celebrates 15 years of activity – introduction of a new corporate identity

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29/11/2012
The Agricultural Credit Guarantee Fund (Garfondas) – the institution providing credit and leasing guarantees for rural undertakings, celebrates its 15 years of activity. Since it started operations, the Fund has issued more than 4 thousand credit guarantees...

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INVEGA organizes conference on Financial Instruments for SMEs in Lithuania – Financial instruments are future of SME promotion

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28/11/2012
On 28th November 2012, UAB „Investicijų ir verslo garantijos“ (INVEGA), one of AECM's member organizations from Lithuania, organized a conference on „Financial Instruments for Small and Medium Enterprises: Status Quo and Perspectives“. The conclusion...

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UEAPME reacts to latest data on SME finance released by ECB - Need for support for guarantee schemes

09/11/2012
Following the recent publication of a survey on access to finance for SMEs by the European Central Bank, the UEAPME Board of Directors sees a worrying trend that must be reversed. It considers that the data released by the European Central Bank confirms...

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AECM participates in Annual Conference of the Ibero-American Guarantee Network (REGAR) in Buenos Aires, Argentina

26/10/2012 - Buenos Aires
REGAR, the Ibero-American Guarantee Network, organized its XVII Annual Forum this year from the 26th - 27th October in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Under the title “SMEs and guarantees, the right to access credit”, the event served as a platform for the interchange...

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Commission publishes SME Performance review 2012

18/10/2012
The Commission published its SME Performance Review for 2011-2012 in the framework of the 2012 SME Week. The report, prepared for the Commission by Ecorys, a Dutch consultancy firm, states that despite the challenges faced by the economy in the European...

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Merger of Oséo, Caisse de Dépôts et Consignations and Fonds stratégique d'investissement to create a Public Investment Bank

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17/10/2012 - Paris
On 17th October 2012, the French Minister of the Economy, Mr. Pierre Moscovici, presented the project for the creation of a new Public Investment Bank (Banque publique d'investissement, BPI). The new institution, for which the relevant legal act is still...

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Irish Government sets up a new SME loan guarantee scheme

17/10/2012
On 17th October 2012, the Irish Prime Minister, the Vice-Prime Minister and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, announced the launch of an SME Credit Guarantee Scheme to go live on Wednesday 24th October. The scheme is expected to provide...

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AECM issues position on review of De minimis Regulation

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17/10/2012
Today, AECM published its position paper regarding the review of the De minimis Regulation in the framework of the State Aid Modernization initiative.

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Oséo and Pramex sign agreement to support the internationalization of SMEs

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15/10/2012
Given the fact that nowadays, the growth potential for French SMEs lies in foreign markets, where an external growth strategy can lead to increased turn-over and market shares, Oséo and Pramex International have signed an agreement aiming at supporting...

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AECM Newsletter 11th October 2012

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Lisbon Council publishes study on “SMEs in the single market, a growth agenda for the 21st century”

10/10/2012
The Single Market Entrepreneurs Centre, the research hub of the Lisbon Council published on the 10 th October its latest paper entitled ‘SMEs in the single market. A growth agenda for the 21 st century' .In this report, eight leading personalities – including...

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AECM publishes position on Consultation regarding review of State aid guidelines for SME Risk capital

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08/10/2012
On 8th October, AECM published its position towards the Commission's Consultation regarding the review of the Community guidelines on State aid to promote risk capital investments in small and medium-sized enterprises. In view of the expiry of the Risk...

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First Loan guarantee facility launched in Austria under RSI pilot programme

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03/10/2012
On 3rd October, the European Commission announced the commercial launch in Austria of the Risk Sharing Instrument (RSI), a new European Union loan guarantee facility for innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The RSI, developed by the European...

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Ms. Mag.a Edeltraud Stiftinger joins aws as Director

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01/10/2012
On 1st October, Ms. Mag.a Edeltraud Stiftinger has joined Austria Wirtschaftsservice (aws), an AECM member organization, as Director. Together with Director Mr. DI Bernhard Sagmeister, she will be in charge of managing the Austria Wirtschaftsservice Gesellschaft...

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AECM issues position on Commission consultation on Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan

01/10/2012 - Bruxelles
AECM issued its position on the Commission's questionnaire on the Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan, which will outline the Commission's initiative to boost entrepreneurship in Europe. According to the Commission, a European Entrepreneurship Action Plan...

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Commission prolongs EU guidelines on state aid for rescue and restructuring of companies in financial difficulties

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28/09/2012
The European Commission has prolonged EU guidelines on state aid for the rescue and restructuring of companies in financial difficulty. The Commission is currently reflecting on a review of the guidelines in the context of the recently launched state...

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Commission publishes Communication to boost growth and jobs in cultural and creative sectors – Guarantee Facility under Creative Europe

26/09/2012 - Bruxelles
Following the publication in February of a proposal for the Creative Europe programme, including a guarantee facility for the sector, the European Commission today presented on 26 September a strategy to unlock the full potential of the cultural and creative...

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EUR 100 million Baltic Innovation Fund is launched to benefit SMEs

26/09/2012
A new and innovative investment initiative dedicated to boosting equity investments made into Baltic enterprises has today been launched by the European Investment Fund (EIF) and the three Baltic States. The Baltic Innovation Fund will invest EUR 100...

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CMZRB launches new guarantee facility for innovative start-ups in the Czech Republic

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25/09/2012
A new guarantee facility was launched in September this year in the Czech Republic. The Czech and Moravian Guarantee and Development Bank will issue guarantees for loans provided by Ceska Sporitelna (member of the Erste Group) which has been tendered...

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How AECM members price their Guarantees?

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25/09/2012 - Bruxelles
On 25th September, AECM published its study on Pricing of guarantees. For the Association's lobbying activity to be effective and trustworthy, it has to be based on reliable statistical data. To this end, a Statistics Working Group (WGS) has been created...

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Council considers spending cuts in 2014 – 2020 budget proposal

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24/09/2012
In the run-up to the November European Council meeting dedicated to the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2014-2020, the ministers discussed a revised "negotiating box", presented by the Cyprus Presidency at the Council meeting on 24 September....

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Invitation for participation in XVII Ibero-American Forum of Guarantee Schemes – Buenos Aires 25 – 26 October 2012

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21/09/2012
This year, the XVII Ibero-American Forum of Guarantee Schemes and Access to Finance for SMEs and Microcompanies will be held from 25 – 26 October in Buenoss Aires, Argentina on the topic of “SMEs and Guarantees: the right of Access to credit”. The Forum...

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Commission publishes document on the usage of the General Block Exemption Regulation – GBER

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21/09/2012 - Bruxelles
On 21st September, the Commission published a guidance document providing answers to the most frequently asked questions to the currently valid General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER). This document is not directly related to the ongoing State Aid Modernization...

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AECM position on review of the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER)

13/09/2012 - Bruxelles
On 12th September 2012, AECM published its contribution to the Commission's consultation process on the review of the currently valid General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER), which was adopted on 6th August 2008. The consultation is part of the general...

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AECM publishes its Statistics for 2011

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13/09/2012 - Bruxelles
AECM presents its key figures 2011 and compared to the previous years. The data is published on AECM's website and consist of the following figures: Statistics 2011, the Volume and Number of Outstanding Guarantees in portfolio, the Volume of Guarantees...

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Sowalfin celebrates 10 years of existance with a strong performance

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12/09/2012 - Liège
Sowalfin, the Finance and Guarantee Society for SMEs from Wallonia (southern part of Belgium) celebrates its 10 years of existence with a strong performance. Sowalfin, set up in July 2002, is mainly active in issuing loan guarantees and providing co-financing....

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EIF signs CIP guarantee agreement with GE Money Bank in the Czech Republic

11/09/2012
The European Investment Fund (EIF) and GE Money Bank have signed the first CIP loan guarantee agreement in the Czech Republic to support Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). This transaction will allow GE Money Bank to substantially increase its...

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Commission organizes Workshop on Microfinance

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07/09/2012 - Bruxelles
On 7th September, the European Commission organized a Workshop to discuss with stakeholders the results of ongoing microfinance facilities and to debate the design of future programmes to best address the needs of beneficiaries and financial intermediaries....

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EIF publishes Working Paper on "The importance of leasing for SME finance"

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22/08/2012
The Research & Market Analysis (RMA) department of the European Investment Fund (EIF) has published a Working Paper on “The importance of leasing for SME finance” as part of its EIF's Working Paper Series.

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Guidelines of Assoconfidi Unioncamere for the allocation of the CCIAA aid to Confidi

09/08/2012 - Rome
Recently a framework agreement was signed by Assoconfidi and Unioncamere, aiming at sharing values and strategic issues with the Chambers of Commerce with a view of helping the Confidi in their purpose of supporting access to finance for smaller enterprises....

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Commission publishes consultation on review of De Minimis

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26/07/2012 - Bruxelles
In the context of its state aid modernisation initiative (SAM), the European Commission has launched a review of its Regulation applying to small aid amounts - the so-called "de minimis" Regulation (No 1998/2006). Under this Regulation, aid measures below...

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Commission publishes consultation on the revision of the Guidelines on State aid to support SME access to risk capital

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25/07/2012 - Bruxelles
On 16th July 2012, the Commission launched a review of the Community guidelines on State aid to promote risk capital investments in small and medium-sized enterprises (the Risk Capital Guidelines)[[2] OJ C 194, 18.8.2006, p. 2.2], as amended on 1 December...

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EIF signs first Progress Microfinance guarantee agreement for Slovenian microentrepreneurs

23/07/2012
The European Investment Fund (EIF) and Volksbank Slovenia have signed a EUR 8.75 million subordinated loan agreement aimed at supporting micro-businesses and self-employed entrepreneurs in Slovenia. This transaction was signed under the European Progress...

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Commission consultation on EU future action on Entrepreneurship

17/07/2012 - Bruxelles
On 17th July, the Commission launched a consultation on its future European Entrepreneurship Action Plan, to be published in autumn this year, and which is intending to take up input from all interested parties on the scope of possible future actions...

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REGAR registered in the Register of the Ibero-American Networks of Ibero- American Secretariat General SEGIB

13/06/2012
In a ceremony held at the headquarters of the Ibero-American Secretariat General SEGIB, held on Tuesday, 15th November 2011, the Iberoamercian Guarantee Network REGAR received the credentials of an Iberoamerican Network American Network recognized by...

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Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee of the European Parliament adopts report on CRD IV

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12/06/2012
On 12th June, the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) of the European Parliament adopted its report, prepared by the Rapporteur Othmar Karas (EPP, Austria) on the CRD IV (Capital Requirements Directive and regulation), which is to implement...

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FSECA joins AECM as a new member organization from the Russian Federation

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07/06/2012
On occasion of its General Assembly meeting on 7th June 2012 in Bucharest, AECM was joined by the Fund of Small Enterprise Credit Assistance of Moscow (FSECA). With this new member, AECM now represents 38 member organizations in 20 EU Member States, Montenegro,...

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Transeo organizes international conference on business transfers on 24-25th May in Spa, Belgium

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24/05/2012 - Spa, Belgium
On 24-25th May 2012, Transeo, the European Association for SME Transfer, organizes its 2012 international conference in Spa, Belgium. The conference is the meeting place for professionals in transfer of SMEs (private advisors, public institutions, academics)....

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Commission publishes De-minimis Regulation for Services of General Economic Interest

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25/04/2012 - Brussels
The European Commission has adopted a De-Minimis Regulation for companies providing services of general economic interest (SGEI). This is the last pillar of a new package of state aid rules for SGEI, the bulk of which has been adopted in December 2011.The...

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International Finance Corporation (IFC) launches Forum to improve access to finance for SMEs

19/04/2012
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, launched the SME Finance Forum, a G-20initiative designed to improve access to financial resources for small and medium enterprises and catalyze effective SME-financing tools....

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OECD publishes Scoreboard of SME Finance – SMEs harder hit by credit crunch than larger companies

19/04/2012 - Paris
On the occasion of a special event coorganized on 19th April, by the OECD and the G20, presided by H.R.H. Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, the UNSG's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development and Honorary Patron of the G20 Global Partnership...

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AECM becomes official observer to the OECD Working Party for SMEs and Entrepreneurship (WPSMEE)

19/04/2012 - Paris
AECM has been formally accepted as an official observer to the OECD Working Party for SMEs and Entrepreneurship (WPSMEE). The WPSMEE meets on a regular basis twice a year and serves as a platform for exchange on SME policies for OECD Members and partner...

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AECM presents its view on COSME and Horizon 2020 in EP Workshop on Financial Instruments

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11/04/2012
On Wednesday 11th April, Mr. José Fernando Figueiredo presented AECM's views of the future design of the CIP follow-up programmes COSME and Horizon 2020. The Workshop, organized by Policy Department A for the ITRE Committee and co-chaired by Mrs Teresa...

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European Economic and Social Committee issues opinion on COSME

29/03/2012
On 29th March, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) issued its opinion on the draft regulation proposal for COSME. The EESC points to a number of ambiguities between the proposed financial instruments, the Horizon 2020 programme and other...

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European Court of Auditors critizises effectiveness of financial instruments for SMEs under ERDF – positive assessment of guarantee leverage

28/03/2012
On 28th March, the European Court of Auditors issued it Special Report (No. 2/2012) on the effectiveness of ERDF financial instruments for SMEs. The ECA based its findings on an audit of the efficiency and effectiveness of the financial engineering measures...

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Commission issues Green Paper on the regulation of “shadow banking”

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19/03/2012
The Commission has published a Green Paper on “shadow banking”, which as a first step allows the Commission to consult on views of stakeholders before drafting a legislative proposal.

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Meeting of Innovation and Development agencies from South-East Europe at aws

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16/03/2012
The public development bank Austria Wirtschaftsservice (aws), leads the „SEE-IFA Network“, which aims at developing and introducing new instruments as well as at exporting know-how for development institutions. aws is Lead Partner of the EU-co-financed...

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Commission proposes one programming tool for all structural funds

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14/03/2012 - Brussels
Following the Cohesion policy proposals of 6th October, and in order to help Member States with their preparations for the next programming period the Commission has presented the "Common Strategic Framework" (CSF). It is intended to help in setting clear...

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State aid - Commission approves two UK schemes easing SMEs access to credit under temporary state aid framework

14/03/2012
The European Commission has approved a UK measure, which aims at reducing the cost of finance for SMEs, until 30 June 2012. The Commission found the National Loan Guarantee Scheme to be in line with the crisis State aid rules for banks, because it ensures...

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State aid: Commission consults on future film support rules

14/03/2012
Brussels, 14 March 2012 - The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the state aid criteria it proposes to use to assess Member States' film support schemes in future. The criteria are set out in a draft Communication, on which the...

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State aid - Commission consults on review of EU state aid rules for regional aid

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14/03/2012
The Commission has published a consultation via questionnaire to gather input for the review of the EU state aid rules applicable to regional aid. To recall, as a derogation to the general prohibition to grant the Treaty provides that state aid to promote...

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Alliance for Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) publishes Manifesto for political campaign in favour of SMEs

09/03/2012
At the end of February, the Alliance for Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) has launched a political campaign in favour of SMEs in Europe. The campaign will be led by MEP Jürgen Creutzmann, Vice-President of the SME Intergroup at the European Parliament....

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Commission launches European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2012

08/03/2012
The Commission launched its 2012 edition of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards. It rewards the success of public bodies and public-private partnerships in promoting enterprise and entrepreneurship. The objectives of the European Commission's annual...

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Guidelines established for a nationwide joint action between the Chambers of commerce and AssoConfidi to boost SME access to credit.

06/03/2012
AssoConfidi and Chambers of commerce signed an agreement that sets up some guidelines applicable throughout the country for the support from the chambers to the Italian Mutual Guarantee Societies (Confidi), which are increasingly identified as a specific...

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FNGCIMM issues guarantees to entrepreneurs using the “Mihail Kogalniceanu” credit lines

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02/03/2012
Romanian entrepreneurs interested in accessing credit lines in the framework of the « Kogalniceanu » programme can benefit from a guarantee ceiling of 1,2 billion Lei in 2012. The guarantee will cover individual credit lines with an amount of up to 100.000...

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UEAPME publishes SME business climate index – Uncertainty prevails

28/02/2012
UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers' organisation, published its latest survey on SME business confidence, which shows that European small businesses are in “wait and see” mode as uncertainty prevails over confidence and a mild recession is underway....

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SIAGI and OSEO renew their partnership for the access to finance of small companies

24/02/2012
On 23rd February, Bernard Stalter, Chairman of SIAGI, and François Drouin, Chairman of Oséo, signed an annual agreement, renewing a credit co-guarantee partnership dating from 1999. Since the 1st April 2011, the two guarantee societies provide a specific...

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AssoConfidi welcomes AssCooperfidi as its newest member organization

17/02/2012
On the occasion of the Board of Presidents, which has been held in Rome on January 18th, Asscooperfidi has joined Assoconfidi , the central association of the national mutual guarantee federations of Italian Confidi (Italian mutual guarantee societies),...

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German Guarantee Bank supported 7.300 companies in 2011 – High demand for guarantees even after the crisis

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16/02/2012
Following the financial and economic crisis, which was accompanied by an extraordinarily high level of demand for guarantees, the year 2011 has proven to be stable for German SMEs. According to preliminary figures, SMEs received guarantees of a total...

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German and Spanish studies highlight potential negative consequences of Basel III for SMEs

10/02/2012
Two studies investigating the possible consequences for SME access to finance of the introduction of the Basel III accord in the EU were presented this week in Brussels. The first study was presented on the occasion of a Parlamentary event organized by...

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Portuguese guarantee system launches new credit line for SMEs

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10/02/2012
On the 16th January, the Portuguese national mutual guarantee system announced the opening of a new credit line for micro, small and medium-sized companies of a total budget of € 1,5 billion called “PME Crescimento”. This new credit line substitutes the...

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Commission publishes proposal for new support programme and guarantee facility for the arts sector – “Creative Europe”

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06/02/2012
On 23 November 2011 the European Commission launched the new 'Creative Europe' programme which will provide support to artists and SMEs in the different arts sectors throughout Europe. The European cultural and creative sectors represent around 4.5% of...

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EIF launches call for expression of interest for RSI

06/02/2012
Text: On 6th February, the European Investment Fund launched a Call for Expression of Interest for the Risk Sharing Instrument for Research & Development & Innovation driven SMEs and small mid-caps (“RSI”, “RSI Facility”).The RSI is a separate compartment...

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New proposals concerning the agricultural credit guarantee

27/01/2012
End January an AECM working group on agriculture took place in Bucharest on best practices in credit guarantee for farmers throughout the EU. Organized under the aegis of the Rural Credit Guarantee Fund (RCGF) of Romania, the meeting that takes place...

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The EIF and GE Capital sign agreement to support micro and small businesses in France

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27/01/2012
The EIF has signed an agreement with GE Capital France's Equipment Finance, which specializes in providing alternative forms of financing solutions to businesses, in order to help increase lending to micro and small businesses in France.For businesses,...

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EIF signs agreements to support microfinance in Spain

26/01/2012
On 18th January, the European Investment Fund and ICREF  (The Institute of Credit and Finance of the Region of Murcia) signed the first agreement under Progress Microfinance in Spain to benefit micro-enterprises and self-employed entrepreneurs with a...

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EIF and European Commission organize Workshop on EU Financial instruments in Luxembourg

25/01/2012
On the 25th of January 2012, the European Investment Fund (EIF) organised a Workshop on EU financial instruments for SMEs in cooperation with the European Commission (EC). The workshop brought together all relevant stakeholders at national and European...

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AECM newsletter January 2012

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The number of enterprises having used KredEx guarantees increased by 12% over a year

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17/01/2012
Last year, KredEx, the Estonian Member Organization of AECM, provided guarantees of 52 million Euros to the financial liabilities of 454 enterprises. The support of KredEx made it possible for enterprises to include additional financing from banks in...

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Commission study finds Small companies create 85% of new jobs

16/01/2012
A Commision study published on 16th January 2012 finds that 85% of net new jobs (1) in the EU between 2002 and 2010 were created by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). This figure is considerably higher than the 67%-share of SMEs in total employment....

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The Lithuanian Rural Credit Guarantee Fund launches new guarantee facility for leasing companies

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02/01/2012
On 1st January 2012, the new amendment of the statutes of the Lithuanian Rural Credit Guarantee Fund (Garfondas) came into force, allowing it to start a new facility – providing guarantees, not only for banks and credit unions, but also for leasing companies....

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AECM participates in initiatives for cooperation with Africa and the Mediterranean region

22/12/2011
Over the months of November and December, AECM has participated in a number of conferences aimed at developing access to finance and guarantee systems in Africa and in the Mediterranean Region. The first initiative was an Africa – EU session organized...

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EU – SMEs access to finance programmes for 2014-2020

07/12/2011 - Brussels
On 7th December, the Commission issued an EU Action Plan to improve access to finance for SMEs which presents the various EU policies and measures to make access to finance easier for Europe's 23 million SMEs.It covers actions to improve the venture capital...

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Horizon 2020

30/11/2011 - Brussels
On the 30th November, European Commission issued a proposal for the successor to the 7th Framework Programme for Innovation and a number of other programmes, the package of measures proposed “to boost research, innovation and competitiveness in Europe....

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Commission launches proposal for COSME, the successor programme for CIP

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30/11/2011 - Brussels
On the 30th of November, the Commission presented the Competiveness and Innovation programme (CIP) follow-up programme called, Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs (COSME). A budget of €2.5 billion over the period 2014-2020 will ensure the continuity...

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Commission tables report to reduce regulatory burden for small businesses

23/11/2011 - Brussels
On 23rd November, the Commission tabled a report on “minimizing regulatory burden for SMEs – Adapting EU Regulation to the needs of micro-enterprises”. The aim of the report is to outline how the Commission intends to take its “think small first” principle...

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aws launches new programme for SME risk assessments

15/11/2011
On behalf of the Ministry of the Economy, Austria Wirtschaftsservice GmbH (aws) has made available the new support programme “SME assessment for Creditworthiness” at the beginning of the month of November. In its one-year pilot-phase, the new programme...

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AECM issues position paper on CRD IV - Nov 2011

09/11/2011
AECM issued its position paper regarding the EU implementation of the Basel III accord via the Capital Requirements Directive IV. Although they are not credit institutions, as financial intermediaries, AECM's member organizations are in general subject...

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Consultation on CIP successor programme: AECM calls on the Commission for a continuation of a strong EU innovation and competitiveness policy making use of counterguarantee instruments

04/02/2011
In its position paper to the Commission's consultation on the successor programme of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP), AECM underlines the added value European guarantee facilities have brought to SME access to finance under...

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German guarantee banks reach record results in 2010

26/01/2011
In 2010, according to preliminary figures, the German guarantee banks have been able to further develop their position as reliable financing partner of SMEs and the credit sector in Germany. Demand for and supply of guarantees issued by the German guarantee...

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With the help of KredEx, Estonian enterprises were financed by 2 billion kroons last year

26/01/2011
With the help of KredEx, Estonian enterprises were financed by 2 billion kroons last year. In year 2010, a total amount of 2 billion kroons (127 million Euros) were issued to 400 enterprises with the help of KredEx loan guarantees and subordinated loans,...

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Basel Committee publishes final rules for new supervisory framework – Basel III

16/12/2010
On 16th December, the Basel Committee published its final new rules regarding the new prudential supervision requirements, known as Basel III. Among these are a redefinition of the Tier I and Tier II capital bases, introduction of countercyclical capital...

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OECD shows interest in guarantee instrument as SME support instrument for the recovery

15/11/2010 - Paris
AECM has taken part in the OECD Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship (WPSMEE) as well as in the “Bologna + 10”  High Level Meeting, organized in Paris from the 15th to 18th November 2010. The objective of the WPSMEE and the Bologna + 10 HLM was...

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Posizione dell'AECM sul prolungamento del quadro temporaneo per gli aiuti di stato

25/10/2010 - Brussels
On 25th October, AECM responded to the European Commission's consultation on the prolongation of the Temporary State Aid Framework. While AECM welcomes the extension of the Framework, it calls for maintaining all the provisions relevant to guarantee instruments,...

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Annual Seminar of AECM on "Managing the Recovery"

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08/10/2010 - Festival Hall - Bled, Slovenia
AECM Press release - Guarantee schemes in support of SME finance during the recovery Bled, 7th October 2010On 7th October 2010 the European Association of Mutual Guarantee Societies (AECM, see annex), representing 34 member from 18 countries with a total...

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Le garanzie e la ripresa economica: l'impatto delle misure di garanzia anti-crisi

31/08/2010
This report gives an overview over the impact anti-crisis measures have had for SME access to finance. AECM member organisations have been quick to issue specific anti-crisis guarantee products, mainly in support of working capital. In total, they have...

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Studio dell'Inmit sui benefici macroeconomici delle banche di garanzia tedesche

07/07/2010
An update of a previous study of the Institut für Mittelstandsforschung of the University in Trier, Germany, has assessed the macroeconomic benefits of the activity of the German Guarantee Banks in the current context of the crisis.

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Reinforcing SME own funds: Mezzanine Finance and guarantee solutions 2

13/05/2010

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Statistiche AECM 2008

20/09/2009
AECM statistics as of 31 December 2008

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Combattere la crisi finanziaria: le misure intraprese dalle organizzazioni membri dell'AECM

20/09/2009 - Bruxelles
This reports provides a comprehensive overview of the measures undertaken by AECM member organisations to fight the impact of the financial crisis on SME finance. Among others, they have adapted existing products (coverage rate, lower guarantee premiums,...

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