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Guides on the EU policy on Finance.
Access to finance
An overview of the sources of finance available to SMEs in Malta.
Access to finance
The Law on Small and Medium Size Business Development of the Republic of Lithuania that came into force on 1 January 2008 defines the types of small and medium size businesses, the forms of state aid available to them and other important relevant provisions.
Access to finance
During economic growth in Latvia the most popular method of financing was bank loans. After Latvia joined the European Union businesses actively applied for EU funding. The Ministry of Economics is in charge of defining and coordinating government assistance policy for businesses.
Access to finance
An overview of the sources of finance available to SMEs in Estonia.
Access to finance
There are various sources of funding, support and advice available for business owners from a variety of UK bodies.
Access to finance
An overview of the sources of funding available to SMEs in Sweden.
Access to finance
In Slovakia, there is a wide range of programmes, funds and loans available for the support of enterprise, which may be divided into public sector financial instruments and private sector financial instruments.
Excessive Deficit Procedure steps: Stability and Growth Pact
Under the budgetary surveillance powers conferred by the EU Treaty, the European Commission has proposed to the Council to set 2013 as the deadline for the correction of the budget deficits in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Netherlands and Portugal. For Belgium and Italy, which will also have a deficit above 3% in 2009, the comparatively limited size of the deficits and the existence of high debt ratios calls for an earlier deadline of 2012. The Commission also assessed whether "effective action" had been taken in Greece, Spain, France, Ireland and the UK, in response to Council recommendations of last April. It proposes that the Council concludes that Greece has not taken effective action. For the other four countries, it can be concluded that they have taken action, but the worsening of the economic situation compared with the Commission's January forecasts justifies revising the existing recommendations and therefore extending the deadlines by one year as foreseen by the Stability and Growth Pact, i.e. 2013 for France and Spain, 2014 for Ireland and financial year 2014/15 for the UK.
Access to finance
In addition to European funding in various forms, several sources of funding are available to business persons in Slovenia. As a general rule, they follow the intent of establishing a systematic business-friendly environment.
Access to finance
An overview of the sources of finance available to SMEs in Portugal.
Access to finance
An overview of the sources of finance available to SMEs in Italy.
Access to finance
An overview of the sources of finance available to SMEs in Spain.
Access to finance
A system of guarantee funds and loan funds exists in Poland. The Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) also fulfills an important role implementing operational programmes and is an element of support for enterprises carrying out innovative ventures.
Access to finance
Finance for small and medium sized enterprises in Bulgaria can be obtained by anyone who is a trader according to the Commercial Law, as well as self-employed tradespeople or freelancers, if their activity can be considered to be an enterprise as per the Commercial Law.
Access to finance
There are various sources of funding, support and advice available in Ireland for business owners from a variety of Irish bodies.
Progress report on Action Plan to strengthen the European Commission's supervisory role over shared management of structural actions
The European Commission has today adopted a progress report on the implementation of its action plan to strengthen the shared management of the EU structural and cohesion funds. The report, presented by Commissioners Pawe ł Samecki (Regional Policy) and Vladimir Spidla (Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities), highlights measures taken to improve financial controls in Member States and to reduce errors that can result in incorrect payment claims from the EU budget.
Access to finance
Information about the sources of finance available to SMEs in Greece.
Finland Investment Climate 2009
The Finnish Government is open to direct foreign investment. There are no general regulatory limitations relating to acquisitions. Legislative control of mergers and acquisitions is mainly governed by domestic and EU competition rules.
Access to finance
An overview of the sources of finance available to SMEs in Finland.
Luxembourg Investment Climate 2009
The Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg offers a very favorable and welcoming attitude toward Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).