Alpha Bank Romania and EIF join forces to provide competitive and flexible loans to SMEs

Alpha Bank Romania continues to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through its strategic partnership with the European Investment Fund (EIF) which brings substantial benefits in the field of lending. Through this partnership, small and medium sized companies will be able to access loans on flexible and competitive terms, supported by EIF guarantees and expertise.

“Through our partnership with the EIF, we are able to offer companies and start-ups loan facilities at significantly reduced costs compared to those normally offered by accessing the EIF’s guarantee, ranging between 30% and 70% of the financing amount. The Competitiveness and Sustainability financial instruments of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan implemented by Alpha Bank Romania aimed at stimulating both the generation and growth of added value in the business environment and the transition to a green and sustainable economy. We are confident that through this partnership, we will provide tailored solutions suitable for SMEs’ activities in order to capitalize on their growth potential, including through the implementation of innovative projects”, said Dragoș Drăghici, Director of the SME Department of Alpha Bank Romania.

The main beneficiaries of these funding solutions are SMEs meeting the European criteria, with up to 250 employees and an annual turnover of up to 50 million euro.

Companies now have access to significant financial resources to support their development projects and strengthen their market position. Thus, the partnership between Alpha Bank Romania and the EIF is a key step towards strengthening the business environment in Romania, providing SMEs with the tools and resources to reach their full potential and contribute to the growth of the economy.

The EIF supports small businesses by improving their access to finance in Europe and many countries outside Europe. The EIF designs and develops venture and growth capital instruments, guarantees and microfinance instruments to promote innovation and job creation.

In December, Alpha Bank Romania agreed a partnership with the European Investment Fund (EIF) to implement financial instruments such as portfolio guarantees. The two guarantee products are part of the financial instruments pillar of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) and focus on the areas of sustainability and competitiveness. The SME Sustainability product focuses on green finance, aiming at adapting companies and business processes to climate change with major impacts on quality of life. It encourages the efficient use of resources and contributes significantly to the European Union’s overarching goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050.

On the other side, the SME Competitiveness product focuses on stimulating the potential for growth and value-added generation at company level by significantly improving and/or expanding production capacities. The objectives of this partnership include stimulating entrepreneurship at local level, promoting the development of small and medium-sized companies and supporting investment projects in an increasingly dynamic market context.

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About Alpha Bank Romania

Alpha Bank Romania is a member of the Alpha Bank Group, one of the largest banking and financial groups in Greece. The international activities of the Group are extended, in addition to Romania, to the United Kingdom, Luxemburg and Cyprus.

Alpha Bank Romania ranks among the top 10 banks in the country, with universal banking operations. The Bank has had a national presence of almost 30 years, offering a wide range of modern services and products for individuals, SMEs and the corporate segment. It is one of the financial institutions that have innovated the banking sector in Romania, being the first bank to launch an application that transforms an Android mobile device into a POS terminal. It was also the first bank in Romania to issue covered bonds in 2019 and the first in the market to introduce housing loans. For more information: