European Structural and Investment Funds and European Fund for Strategic Investments complementarities: Ensuring coordination, synergies and complementarity

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Publication Date February 2016
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The global economic and financial crisis has brought about a sharp drop of investment across Europe thus hampering essential investment in infrastructure and innovation and SME financing. Currently, investment in Europe is 15% below pre-crisis levels. Europe must remedy this investment gap to recover from the crisis and strengthen its global competitiveness. That is why collective and coordinated efforts at European level are needed to reverse this downward trend and put Europe on the path of economic recovery.

Europe’s investment gap points to a market failure, a reduced capacity of investors to take risks. Investment needs are significant and liquidity is available but many potential investments don't materialise due to several financial and non-financial barriers. Investor confidence is low due to economic volatility, along with regulatory and other uncertainties.

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Press Release: Investment Plan for Europe: new guidelines on combining European Structural and Investment Funds with the EFSI

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