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New programme (2017-2020) encouraging investment in partner countries in Africa and the EU's neighbourhood and promoting inclusive growth, job creation and sustainable development

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This fund is a framework programme, organised in different strands (sub-programmes)

?A framework programme is an umbrella structure intended to serve various funding schemes (strands / sub-programmes). Each strand includes specific themes and funding rules.

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Grants for projects aiming to mobilise and encourage private investors to participate in the sustainable development of third countries

Does my project meet the priority requirements of this fund?

Adopted in September 2017 and inspired by the Juncker Plan (EFSI), the EU External Investment Plan supports investment in African and European Neighbourhood countries. The European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD) is the financing mechanism through which the EIP supports investments by public financial institutions and the private sector


* Contribute to the achievement of the United Nations' sustainable development goals (SDOs), while addressing some of the root causes of migration;
* Mobilise sustainable public and private investments to improve economic and social development, with a focus on the creation of decent jobs


* Contribute in a coherent and systematic way
to the sustainable development of the
the EU ;
* Spark investment and mobilise funds, by
to countries where it is difficult to invest, and facilitates
investments by private actors who, failing this, will
would invest less or not at all;
* Target socio-economic sectors, in particular
sustainable infrastructure (energy, water, transport),
information and communication technologies,
environment, social infrastructure, capital
human...), and provide microenterprises and SMEs with
financing that will put a particular emphasis on
emphasis on the creation of decent jobs;

Funded actions

* The first 5 investment components of the EIP to support public or private funds:
- Sustainable energy and connectivity;
- Financing of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs);
- Sustainable agriculture, rural entrepreneurs and agro-industry;
- Sustainable cities ;
- Digital for development

What are the different steps ?

Not specified

When should I apply ?

Not specified

How much can I expect ?

* The EIP: - 4.1 billion euros of European Commission participation - Objective to mobilise up to €44 billion of investment by 2020

Calls for projects / Calls for proposals

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Open calls

Next planned calls

Generic sheet, call launched under each component

Closed calls

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Contact - Funds Manager

Find here more information on official contact points and get the contact details of the programme officer. This will be useful to get further information on open calls for proposals.


Nom : Secretariat of the External Investment Plan - European Commission
Email :
Fax : Not specified
Address : 41, rue de la Loi
1049 Brussels

Person in charge

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