The Enterprise Finance Index (EFI) website has been launched by the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry 27th May 2008. It aims to provide data and trends about the development of access to finance for SMEs in the Member States in a clear and user-friendly manner, and enable policy makers better to evaluate the effects of policies on SME finance across Europe.
The EFI brings together figures from different national and international sources concerning the use of (1) loans, (2) guarantees, (3) venture capital, and (4) business angel finance in the European Union. Total volumes, interest rates and number of operations and/or beneficiaries are some of the data that can be found under these headings. The Index also provides figures on the use of EU financial instruments under the Multiannual Programme for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (MAP) and the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP).
Source: Enterprise Finance Index website