EIB Investment Survey - Tracking investment needs and constraints across Europe

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EIB Investment Survey - Tracking investment needs and constraints across Europe

As the EU bank, the EIB Group is at the centre of European economic policy, responding to the need to accelerate investment to strengthen job creation and long-term competitiveness and sustainability across all 28 EU member States. Our leading role in the Investment plan for Europe is part of this.

By tracking changes in business investment, and identifying and understanding investment needs and constraints, the EIB can better contribute to a policy response that properly addresses the needs of businesses, promoting investment.

The annual EIB Group Survey on Investment and Investment Finance (EIBIS) is an EU-wide survey that gathers qualitative and quantitative information on investment activities by both SMEs and larger corporates, their financing requirements and the difficulties they face.

What are the goals?

The survey will improve our understanding of the needs of the opportunities and constraints faced by businesses.  It will be used to inform policy dialogue on the drivers and barriers to investment and to refine the support to investment provided by the EIB.

The main module of the survey involves interviews with 12 000 SMEs and larger corporates. It collects data on firm characteristics and performance, past investment activities and future plans, sources of finance, financing issues and other challenges that businesses face. It is designed to be representative across different sectors, firm sizes and all 28 EU Member States.  Furthermore, it is designed to build a panel of enterprise data to enable the analysis of investment and business environment trends over time.

In 2016, a supplementary Client Satisfaction Module is targeting 400-500 businesses, banks and public institutions that are direct clients of the EIB or that match our client profile. It will help the EIB Group to improve and extend the reach of its products and services, better tailoring them to the needs of clients.

How will the survey be run?

The EIB has commissioned Ipsos-MORI to implement this survey which will be carried out by telephone interviews. The first results of EIBIS will be published by the EIB in 2017. All findings will be completely anonymous.

Have you been contacted to take part in EIBIS?

If so, your participation will be very important to help ensure that the views expressed are representative of businesses in your country and industry. Interviewees can find more detailed information on the survey on the Ipsos website.