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    Reference: 20220017
    Release date: 23 February 2023

    Promoter – Financial Intermediary

    CREDIT AGRICOLE SA

    Location

    Description

    The operation aims at supporting investments carried out by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and Midcaps in the Agriculture/Bioeconomy sector in France and other EU countries.

    Additionality and Impact

    The operation is expected to support EU policy objectives, such as modernisation in the agriculture sector, gender equality, renewable energy and rural development. It also supports the New CAP 2023-2027 that combines inter alia higher environmental, climate and gender inclusion ambitions with a fairer distribution of payments. The project will ease constraints on access to finance faced by SMEs in the agriculture and bioeconomy sectors. The beneficiaries face market failures related to lack of track-record, insufficient farm net asset value to collateralize and high screening costs for small investments. With this in mind, the project will enable SMEs to benefit from financing with tenors that match the economic life of the investment undertaken, as well as from transfer of financial advantage and complementarity that prompts the intermediary to match the EIB contribution. Furthermore, the EIB support will address the issue of gender gaps in finance within the agriculture and bioeconomy sector. Overall, the project can generate positive externalities in terms of climate change mitigation via investments in emissions reduction and environment through circularity. It can also help strengthen EU socio-economic cohesion. This operation supports the agriculture/bioeconomy sector in general.

    Objectives

    The aim is to enhance access to finance for SMEs and Midcaps in the sector, in particular 30% of total financing will target businesses run by women, 30% the installation of young farmers starting up (for generation change) and 15% Climate Action.

    Sector(s)

    Proposed EIB finance (Approximate amount)

    EUR 300 million

    Total cost (Approximate amount)

    not applicable

    Environmental aspects

    Final beneficiaries will be requested to comply with applicable national and EU legislation, as appropriate.

    Procurement

    Final beneficiaries will be requested to comply with applicable national and EU legislation, as appropriate.

    Status

    Signed - 6/12/2022

    Milestone
    Under appraisal
    Approved
    Signed
    7 September 2022
    6 December 2022

    Disclaimer

    Before financing approval by the Board of Directors, and before loan signature, projects are under appraisal and negotiation. The information and data provided on this page are therefore indicative.
    They are provided for transparency purposes only and cannot be considered to represent official EIB policy (see also the Explanatory notes).

    Related tags

    France EU Countries Credit lines