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European Fund for Strategic Investment

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The European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) is a EU financing initiative from the European Commission and European Investment Bank Group (EIB).
EFSI is a €16bn guarantee from the EU budget, complemented by €5bn of the EIB’s own capital. It aims to increase the volume of higher risk projects supported by EIB Group financing and to address the market failure in risk-taking which hinders investment. It focuses on projects which could not have been carried out, or not to the same extent, by the EIB under its existing financial instruments.

Opportunities in the healthcare sector

The European Commission organised a major event recently to promote the opportunities offered by the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) to support the development of innovative health solutions, new effective medicines and social infrastructures. 

EFSI works as a guarantee fund to unlock investment in higher risk projects. The NHS has routinely accessed EIB loans for projects such as hospital builds, but the higher risk profile of the EFSI initiative opens up further financing opportunities in new areas.

  • R&D and innovation
  • new models of health infrastructure
  • healthcare delivery solutions
  • digital infrastructure
  • education and training

Supporting EFSI, will be two other new EU initiatives:

  • The European Investment Portal (EIPP), an on-line marketplace where EU project promoters can showcase their plans to international investors 
  • The European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH) – a single entry point to a range of advisory support (free for public authorities) for the identification, preparation and development of investment projects. 
The NHS European Office has prepared a short paper on the EFSI initiative. You can also download this presentation and fact sheet from the European Commission.  

To discuss EFSI in more detail please, contact Elisabetta Zanon, Director of the NHS European Office, or Michael Wood, NHS Local Growth Advisor for the NHS Confederation. 

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