Italy: EUR 40 million to Avio under “Italian risk sharing initiative”

The EIB will provide EUR 40 million to the Italian Avio aimed to support the development of new products and technologies related to space propulsion systems through Research and Development activities as well as the modernization and the expansion of the production capacity at the facilities in Colleferro (Rome), the main company’s industrial site in Italy. This is the first EIB loan for a listed company under the “Italian risk sharing initiative” umbrella, the joint initiative of the EIB, the Ministry of Economic Development and the Italian Ministry of Economy, which aims to support investments in innovative projects promoted by small and medium-sized enterprises.

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Capital markets union: New venture capital rules adopted

On 9 October 2017, the Council adopted new venture capital rules aimed at boosting investment in start-ups and innovation.

The regulation is part of the EU’s plan to develop a fully functioning capital markets union. It will also help boost investment, in line with the EU’s ‘investment plan for Europe’.

“The new rules will help diversify the funding sources available for businesses and long-term projects in Europe”, said Toomas Tõniste, minister for finance of Estonia, which currently holds the Council presidency. “By making it easier for them to raise money on capital markets, the aim is that businesses should not rely exclusively on bank loans.”

The regulation was adopted at a meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council, without discussion.

The European Parliament gave its approval on 14 September 2017. This follows an agreement with Parliament representatives reached on 30 May 2017.

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