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1 European Commission Regional Policy Conclusions Workshop 2 Sustainable communities, entrepreneurship and micro-credit

2 European Commission Regional Policy Entrepreneurship and micro-credit

3 European Commission Regional Policy GERMANY: addressing start-ups A demonstration that the challenge of access to finance is widespread Typical German SME is highly dependent on external finance Globalisation has undermined traditional sources of capital for SMEs: new sources of finance needed Particular challenges of start-ups: 86% of start-ups SMEs need only about 25,000 euros Lending to start-ups just not profitable for banks New financial instruments for SMEs cannot be implemented overnight: requires long-term commitment Need for differentiated approach adjusted for risk

4 European Commission Regional Policy UK: regional level is important Finance South West (UK): starting up a financial intermediary from scratch. Success factors: Local or regional base: cannot be managed nationally Overhead control while maintaining staff quality Simplicity in products offered After sales service (hands-on finance) Need for ERDF – permits risk-taking EIF guarantees important

5 European Commission Regional Policy SPAIN: targeting sectors The role that local authorities can play, in this case with the support of the ERDF and EIF, in promoting risk capital and more recently, innovation Development of targeted products - financial engineering schemes tailored towards specific groups or objectives: female or youth entrepreneurship CAMPUS - promoting technology transfer from universities to business

6 European Commission Regional Policy FRANCE: Not just finance, need for accompaniment ADIE (Association pour le droit à linitiative economique) experience suggests: Major need for micro-finance Microfinance an effective instrument: % of loans on which borrowers have defaulted = 3.8% Need for accompaniment

7 European Commission Regional Policy FRANCE: Not just finance, need for accompaniment Advice for JEREMIE: Need for sustainability over the longer-term One fund for the whole national territory (regional focus? competition rules?) Micro-credit providers should have long-term plan Evaluation ADIE willing to help in the evaluation of gaps in the market under JEREMIE planned for

8 European Commission Regional Policy Sustainable communities

9 European Commission Regional Policy UK – Investing for Sustainable Communities The challenges of the cities: Long-term population decline Planning strategies unfavourable to urban development Promoting the new economy in the post-industrial society The objective: sustainable communities – 8 characteristics The UK approach to developing sustainable communities: Public-private partnerships Exchanges of experience (begun under NL and LUX presidencies – Bristol informal ministerial December 2005) Make cities and regions more investable and investment-ready Result: 50 billion euros in investment since 1997

10 European Commission Regional Policy Commission-EIB-CEB joint initiative The European Commission and the Banks aim at developing an integrated approach combining ERDF grants with EIB and CEB loans Urban development will continue to be funded by grants from the ERDF Urban renewal and social housing would be financed by loans from the EIB and the CEB Access to finance for SMEs and micro-credit part of an integrated approach: JEREMIE can also help the cities

11 European Commission Regional Policy Commission-EIB-CEB joint initiative (cont.) Key moments for cooperation: the National Strategic Reference Frameworks (NSRF) the new operational programmes,


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