Invest Europe – the association for European private equity, venture capital, infrastructure and their investors – is issued a statement following the publication of the CMU review
"The Commission is continuing to make important progress with its Capital Markets Union action plan to unlock funding for European companies, from innovative start-ups to corporates that maintain crucial infrastructure.
With €74.5 billion raised by European private equity and venture capital last year from global investors to support the growth of Europe's companies, we share the Commission's ambitions to reduce barriers for capital flow across borders. However, the Member States will need to take the necessary actions.
Additionally, encouraging more private capital into European infrastructure is crucial to meet the €2 trillion of investment needed by 2020. Investments into infrastructure corporates, which manage and operate the networks on which Europe's future growth depends, must not be discouraged by financial market regulation."
Last year, European private equity and venture capital investments totalled €53.7 billion, the second highest amount since 2008. Almost 6,000 companies across Europe benefited from this investment, 83% of which were small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), according to Invest Europe's 2016 European Private Equity Activity report launched last month.
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