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Proposal for a revised EU definition of microfinance and microcredit

  The existing EU definition of microfinance i.e. the maximum amount of 25.000 € is not satisfactory as it does not recognize the specificities and the developments of the sector. MFC and EMN joined forced and in consultation with their Members in 2017 worked out a new definition of microcredit and microfinance that helps to better identify potential beneficiaries of ...

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Note on Capital Markets Union and the development of microcredit for an inclusive entrepreneurship

  One of the main issues of the capital markets union is to unlock financing of innovation and enterprises. As 92% of European enterprises are microenterprises of less than 10 employees and many of them are excluded from access to banks, it seems important to include these “missing entrepreneurs” in the total demand of the capital market. Most challenging obstacles ...

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Microfinance in Europe: Survey Report 2016-2017

The 8th edition of the report provides an overview of the development of the sector in terms of its main institutional characteristics, microloan portfolio, and social and financial performance for the period 2016-2017. The Report gives a sound image of the sector’s heterogeneity relating to the institutional model, the size, and the level of specialisation in microlending. The social goals ...

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Microfinance in Europe: A Survey of EMN-MFC Members. Report 2014-2015

This seventh edition of the Report on microfinance in Europe provides an overview of the development of the sector in terms of the main institutional characteristics, the microloan portfolio, and the social and financial performance for the period 2014-2015. The Report is based on data collected through a survey which was carried out as a collaboration between the European Microfinance ...

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