Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) - EU Guarantees
The overall objective of CIP is to improve access to finance for the start-up and growth of SMEs and to invest in innovation activities, including eco-innovation. The European Investement Fund provides its financial intermediaries with capped guarantees, partially covering portfolios of financing to SMEs. These are known as EU Guarantees, provided under the SME Guarantee Facility.
The link address is: http://www.eif.europa.eu/what_we_do/guarantees/cip_portfolio_guarantees/index.htm