Policy Webinar #12 | How EuSEF's recent reform can impact the VP/SI sector


EVPA’s 12th EU Webinar took place on 11th April 2018.

During the first Policy webinar of the year, we discussed the European Social Entrepreneurship Funds (EuSEF)’s recent reform and its impact on the VP/SI sector.

The EuSEF regulation, adopted on 17 April 2013, was designed to channel money from private investors into SMEs and so boost jobs and growth. The Regulation was not due for general review until July 2017, however, given that the take-up of EuSEF funds was not satisfactory, the European Commission decided to anticipate the reform. Its objective was to improve access to finance for small and growing companies and social enterprises.

We had a lively debate on the implications of the recent reform. Giovanni Garcea (European Commission) gave an overview of the EuSEF Regulation and explained its changes after the reform. Roberto Randazzo (R&P Legal and President-elect of ESELA) addressed the legal aspects of the EuSEF’s reform, and illustrated a case study. Finally, Oliver de Guerre (Chairman of PhiTrust) shared his experience as a manager of one of the few EuSEF fund in place in Europe, outlining the challenges and the opportunities he encountered while obtaining the EuSEF designation.

The 12th Policy webinar took place on 11th April 2018.

The PowerPoint presentation of this webinar can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

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