AECM, European Association of Guarantee Institutions
News from our members
Our Spanish member CESGAR has launched a new unified portal for all the mutual guarantee institutions in Spain, find out more about “Con Aval Sí”.
30 June 2017
The European Investment Fund and Bpifrance have signed on February 1st a guarantee agreement – the first in France supported under the new Cultural and Creative Sectors Guarantee Facility from the EU’s Creative Europe programme.
13 March 2017
The European Union’s support allows Bpifrance to create a new financing product (Prêt Industries Créatives) which will target a portfolio of EUR 30 million of loans to companies over the next two years. More than 200 SMEs in the cultural and creative sectors (including film, theatre, video game production, music and performance, and editorial sectors) are expected to access this new programme which will be available in June this year. Read more
9 March 2017
Innovative entrepreneurs have received loans in the amount of PLN 457 m thanks to guarantees granted by Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (Poland). In the last year innovative entrepreneurs could receive free guarantees offered by BGK. More than PLN 250 m from the Guarantee Fund has enabled companies to raise financing from commercial banks in the amount of PLN 457 m. PLN 250 m funding came from the (untapped) funds from Innovative Economy Operational Programme. Read more
31 August 2017
The European Investment Fund (EIF) and our Member Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (BGK) are doubling the size of their loans to Polish SMEs from PLN 1 billion to PLN 2 billion (ca. €500 million). The loans are expected to reach close to 10 600 small businesses and entrepreneurs across Poland. The agreement comes under the COSME programme, the European Commission’s programme for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and it is made possible by the support of the Investment Plan for Europe, or so-called “Juncker Plan”.
11/12 October 2017
1st Agri Innovation Summit in Lisbon
The 1st edition of the Agri Innovation Summit, a European event to foster innovation and digitisation in agriculture and rural areas, will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, in October 2017. This is a joint initiative of a Portuguese consortium, the Portuguese Government, the EIP-Agri network and the European Network for Rural Development.
2/3 November 2017
Global SME Finance Forum in Berlin
The two-day event comprising of senior executives from commercial banks, development finance institutions, fintech companies, as well as regulators will focus on balancing SME growth and security.
22-24 November 2017
SME Assembly Estonia
The 2017 SME Assembly will take place in Tallinn, as the flagship event of the European SME Week
AECM has 42 member organisations operating in 26 EU countries, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Serbia and Turkey. Its members are mutual, private sector guarantee schemes as well as public institutions, which are either guarantee funds or Development banks with a guarantee division. They all have in common the mission of providing loan guarantees for SMEs who have an economically sound project but cannot provide sufficient bankable collateral.