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Is Juncker’s Investment Plan the Silver Bullet for the EU?

Peter James Sant

The objectives of this article are to highlight above all the current lack of capital investment that the European Union has been facing and the main aspects of the new Juncker initiative through its proposed Investment Plan for Europe. In addition, this article highlights the blending of the EU 2014–2020 Structural and Investment Funds, complemented by private capital financing. ‘The SME Initiative’ illustrates how the blending of EU financial instruments is certainly the way forward for reindustrialising Europe and bringing it back to its poll position as a key economic anchor of enhanced competitiveness, stability, job creation and growth.

Peter James Sant is Head of Research and EU Affairs with Bank of Valletta plc and lectures at the IFS College University UK. He is a member of the pan-European Trade Organisations in the area of EU Affairs including the EuroChambres and the European Savings Banks Group. Over the years, he has managed a number of EU funded projects in Malta, including financial instruments. He has also given numerous presentations and contributed to studies on improving the access to finance for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises.


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