The proposal for a European Capital Markets Union (CMU) carries large potential economic benefits from enhancing the financing possibilities for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs). By deepening the capital markets and strengthening cross-border integration, the European Commission hopes to stimulate economic growth and boost employment. In this paper, we discuss to what extent these goals can be achieved, in light of the complex business environment of European SMEs. We outline the different types of SMEs in terms of their financing structures as well as the pervasive differences across the EU, concluding that any policy approach must take into account the diversity of the companies’ financing needs and the market realities in the Member States. We argue that the CMU is likely to have a heterogeneous impact, with some types of SMEs and certain regions gaining more than others.


Markus Demary / Joanna Hornik / Gibran Watfe: SME Financing in the EU – Moving Beyond One-Size-Fits-All

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29. September 2016

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Die Europäische Union gibt Jahr für Jahr viel Geld aus, um beispielsweise ärmere Mitgliedsstaaten und Regionen zu unterstützen oder die Agrar-, Forschungs- und Bildungspolitik zu fördern. Gemessen an den nationalen Staatsausgaben erreichen die Zahlungen aus dem EU-Haushalt zum Teil erstaunliche Dimensionen. mehr auf

The Case for Reviving Securitization
IW-Kurzbericht, 26. September 2016

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European financial markets are still fragmented. A lack of cross-border lending and cross-border asset holdings hinders the financing of the economy, the conduct of monetary policy as well as cross-border risk-sharing against asymmetric shocks. Reviving the market for securitizations is vital for achieving these goals. A true European Capital Markets Union is needed, but there are still a lot of obstacles to overcome. mehr