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23 January 2017

European Parliamentary Research Service: Reviving risk capital: The proposal to amend EuVECA and EuSEF

In its 2016 review, the Commission noted that these funds remain small and concentrated in a few Member States and that, while the take-up of EuVECA could be considered successful, the EuSEF results have been disappointing.

The European Venture Capital Funds (EuVECA) and European Social Entrepreneurship Funds (EuSEF) are collective investment schemes that have been harmonised at European Union (EU) level since 2011 by means of two Regulations: (EU) No 345/2013 (EuVECA) and (EU) No 346/2013 (EuSEF).

Three main obstacles to further growth have been identified:

  • limitations imposed on managers;
  • product rules; and
  • the (varying) application of regulatory fees in Member States with regards to funds’ marketing and management.

To overcome those obstacles, the Commission has identified some measures that − by removing limitations on larger managers managing EuVECA and EuSEF funds, decreasing costs for EuVECA and EuSEF funds, and broadening the range of eligible assets EuVECA funds may invest in − should increase investment into these funds.

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