• Get access to quality loans and private investment
  • Better understand and access the EU Investment Plan, including the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)
  • Assess which option is most suited to your specific needs 
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    • Invest into the social services sector
    • Better understand the Social Services sector and their investment needs
    • Assess how the EU Investment Plan can support you to invest in the investment plans of social service providers
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    • Find new solutions to invest in social infrastructure and innovation
    • Better understand and access the EU investment Plan, including the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)
    • Assess which option is most suited to your specific needs and investment plans
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What is the EU Investment Plan?
What is the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI)?

The EU Investment Plan is an important initiative developed by the European Union and the European Investment Bank to help access to finance (loans) for enterprises, including social service providers.

The EU Investment Plan’s main operational arm is the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI).

EFSI facilitates access to and improves loan quality by using EU money as a guarantee for private investors. To date EFSI has helped 100,000s of SMEs and Infrastructure projects get access to more loans (in number) and to more decent loans (in terms and conditions), for example at a better rate than without any intervention by EFSI.


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Why is the EU Investment Plan relevant for the social sector?

The EU Investment Plan is a useful tool for social service providers, investors and public authorities seeking better conditions for private sector investment. The EU Investment Plan could help social investment projects aiming to: 

Build new infrastructure: housing, rehabilitation centres, day care homes, etc.

Develop human capital: train and re-train staff, etc.

Innovate in the provision of social services: test new forms of services, digitilise services, etc.

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Creation of the Steering Board for Social Infrastructure

The main representatives of the social services, health, education, social housing and ageing sectors at European level have joined forces to help unlock investment into local innovative social infrastructure projects which would help to further improve the quality of service provision across the continent. This newly created Steering Board for Social Infrastructure brings together EASPD Housing Europe Eurohealthnet Lifelong Learning Platform FEANTSA AGE Platform The objective is clear: provide the EU institutions with a single point of contact with the different social sectors across Europe in order to develop policies which target the needs of the sectors involved and to build up the capacity of the different stakeholders involved. Helping ot build-up a pipeline of investment projects is also an important priority. In October 2018, the Steering Board for Social Infrastructure organised a launch event to present the new coalition, raise awareness about some of the bottlenecks to finance and pave the way for further investment. The Conference was also the opportunity to present the Steering Board's position paper on InvestEU, which was also followed up by a Scoping Note indicating where are the biggest investment needs for social infrastructure projects. The Steering Board is continuing its activities in 2019 to make sure the social sector's needs are known, respected and well-understood by all stakeholders involved.    

European Commission propose new InvestEU programme for next EU Budget

The European Union is currently negotiating its next multi-annual financial framework (EU budget) for the period 2021-2027. As part of this framework, the European Commission has proposed to create the InvestEU programme, which will serve as an extension to the EU Investment Plan and, broadly speaking, function as a similar instrument: to help organisations get access to better loans. The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union are currently negotiating with the European Commission on the InvestEU programme. Based on our engagement with national social service providers over the last few years, EASPD has actively played a role in supporting the design of InvestEU itself, as well as bringing fresh ideas into the current negotiation; outlined in the following documents: EASPD’s position on the next EU budget proposal Social Services Europe’s Initial Remarks on the EU budget proposal Social Services Europe’s position on the European Commission’s InvestEU proposal The Steering Board for Social Infrastructure’s Position Paper on the European Commission’s InvestEU proposal EASPD is continuing to monitor the ongoing negotiations and an analysis of the final agreement will be made available on this website.

Learn more about the Council of Europe Development Bank

The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) also provides decent loans and advisory support to social sector projects across Europe as a whole, not just the EU 28. The CEB targets in particular countries in Central, Eastern and South Europe, such as Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova (Republic of), Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and Turkey. Past projects invested in by CEB includes Finland – 2006: building new rented houses/apartments for youngsters with intellectual disabilities. €100 million EUR via Pohjola Bank. Romania – 2006: social centres for vulnerable children and families. €10mln to nat° gov. Slovenia – 2008: municipal investments in favour of the elderly. €30mln to reg° gov. France – 2014: financing the renovation, expansion & improvement of care centers for dependent population. €150 mln through BPCE Bank. Belgium – 2017: Financing renovation & expansion of retiring & nursing homes. €200 mln via Belfius Bank   For more information about how the Council of Europe Development Bank can help you, please Read EASPD's Briefing Note on the services the CEB offers (March 2019)