Feb. 13--BUCHAREST -- The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing a EUR 15 million loan to BCR Leasing to finance small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), midcap companies and public entities in Romania implementing projects in industry, services and infrastructure, EIB reported on Thursday.
'EIB funds will be on-lent with the help of a new EIB intermediary -- BCR Leasing -- in order to facilitate the access of SMEs, midcap companies and municipalities to long-term finance. The new facility will strengthen the EIB's support to SMEs and midcaps and foster their competitiveness and productivity. Given that they represent the engine of the Romanian economy the operation will have a positive impact on economic growth prospects and job creation,' says Mihai Tanasescu, EIB Vice-President with responsibility for Romania.
This is a first tranche from a total credit line of EUR 75 million agreed with the EIB.
This loan is in line with the EIB's priority to support Europe's SMEs, particularly in the difficult current economic environment. To this end, the EIB is joining forces with well-established financing institutions, like BCR Leasing, that know the local market and have SMEs, midcap companies and public entities as their customers.
BCR Leasing IFN S.A., part of the BCR Group which is majority-owned by the Erste Group, operates in in the area of financial leasing for the procurement of industrial vehicles and equipment, agricultural equipment, medical equipment, software and IT equipment.
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