In July 2015, the Hungarian Eximbank signed a EUR 50 million loan facility agreement with the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) to further support the Hungarian micro, small and medium-sized (MSMEs) enterprises.
The lending activity of both Eximbank and the CEB focuses on fostering employment by providing medium to long-term financing to micro, small and medium sized-enterprises. The facility agreement is expected to finance MSMEs registered in Hungary through the Hungarian banking system. The CEB loan will provide financing for end-users’ working capital and investment needs of up to EUR 5 million.
The Council of Europe Development Bank was established in 1956 and it is Europe’s oldest multilateral development bank. The Bank’s lending activity focuses on strengthening social integration, managing the environment, supporting public infrastructure with a social vocation, and supporting micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.
The European Investment Bank (EIB), the financing institution of the European Union, is owned by the Member States, who have all subscribed to the Bank’s capital. One of the EIB’s mission is to further support the objectives of the European Union by providing long-term finance for specific projects of Member States, besides it is also financially active in partner and accession countries alike.
Eximbank signed with EIB EUR 100 million and EUR 200 million refinancing loan agreements in 2013 and in 2014 respectively with the aim of promoting favourable financing conditions to Hungarian SMEs exporting to other EU markets.
In 2017, the EIB and the Eximbank signed an agreement in the amount of EUR 400 million to support the financing of the enterprises with fewer than 3.000 employees. The enterprises could an access to the facilities with preferential EIB funding through Eximbank’s commercial bank partners as well. The agreement allowed providing funds with fixed, low interest rates and long tenor for SMEs and MidCaps. The EIB funds could be used to finance both investments and current assets, with a tenor of at least 2 years.
To continue cooperation between the two institutions, another facility agreement was signed late in 2020 for 100 million EUR to mitigate negative impacts of COVID-19. With the help of this financing SMEs and MidCaps could keep jobs and employees during the pandemic.
In 2019 the Board of Directors of EIB approved a set of ambitious targets for climate action and environmental sustainability. For the fulfilment of the above ambitions, the EIB Group Climate Roadmap 2021-2025 provides guidance. Since the present decade is critical to address the Roadmap and EUR trillions of investments are required, the EIB became one of the world’s main financiers of climate action.
EXIM would like to be a partner in the fulfilment of EIB’s new green strategy and sustainable development goals, furthermore, to play a leading role in Hungary in the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
In line with the sustainable strategy of the two financial institutions, the new refinancing agreement concluded between EIB and EXIM at the beginning of 2023 in the amount of EUR 100 million is aimed at supporting the green financing framework of EXIM and providing long-term favourable funding for eligible projects.
The EIB funding will be used to finance eligible investments of SME’s, mid-caps and other large corporates having significant climate action components.
Eximbank has reached an advanced stage in talks with IFC, a member of the World Bank Group with regard to the establishment of a Trust Fund. The Trust Fund will help domestic SMSs to get increasingly involved in IFC financed projects. By structuring the Trust Fund with the active cooperation of the Hungarian Investment and Trade Agency, EXIM will play a pioneering role in the Central and Eastern European region.
Since 1991 EBRD has been using the tools of investment to help build market economy in Hungary. Within the framework of the Bank’s operations it draws up new country and sector-specific strategies from time to time with the scope of economic convergence. In Hungary the Bank primarily supports the recovery of the financial sector and provides long term financing to support investments in transport and traffic infrastructure and in the field of energy efficiency. EBRD has set the goal of strengthening and extending the position of Hungary as a hub of technology intensive and value-added production.