“Liquidity and guarantee agreements to support SMEs”

“The agreements we signed today with the European Investment Bank (EIB) are two, one for liquidity and one for guarantee. The target audience will be made up of medium-sized companies, i.e. those with between 250 and 3,000 employees , the class of companies least accustomed to having this type of aid. We will therefore involve a slice of the market which, with these instruments, had not yet had such subsidies”. These are the words of Adelaide Mondo, Corporate Lending manager of Bper Banca’s business management, on the sidelines of the press conference, organized by Bper Banca and EIB in Milan, during which two important agreements were signed to facilitate access to credit for SMEs and Mid Caps at particular favorable conditions, with the aim of stimulating economic cohesion and ecological transition.

The two agreements have a total value of 650 million euros and it is estimated that they will trigger investments in the economy of over 1.7 billion euros, of which a third in the Southern regions. “For the second time the Bper group is a pilot bank on an instrument guaranteed by the European Investment Bank – underlines Mondo – The ‘Private Finance for energy efficiency’, the first instrument guaranteed by the EIB, dates back to 2016 and even then Bper was been a pilot bank. The fund was successfully closed this year. From today Bper Banca is also a pilot bank for another instrument, the ‘Linked Risk Sharing’, the first agreement signed in Italy in the form of a direct EIB guarantee”.

“Thanks to the agreements, companies will be able to have an advantage in economic terms, and therefore in terms of interest rates, both on the funding side and on the guarantee side, and will have the opportunity to combine these funds with the main incentives of the Italian government – explains Mondo – They are in fact instruments which can be easily combined with both the Pnrr and the 2021-2027 economic planning”.

“Our strategy to communicate these possibilities for businesses on the market consists of training and information events on the national territory – adds Mondo – but we will also focus a lot on our specialists in the area, constantly informed about the new products, which will support the our network and customers to give them all the information to easily access these tools”, he concludes.

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