ESIF Growth and Expansion
- small and medium-sized enterprises that:
- operate in the territory of the Republic of Croatia,
- have been operating at least 2 years before the submission of loan application,
- meet all eligibility criteria,
- plan to invest in eligible sectors.
Eligibility terms and conditions and eligible sectors have been listed in the complete wording of the loan programme.
Under this programme, eligible borrowers are also special purpose vehicles whose owners or founders meet all of the above mentioned criteria.
2. Purpose of loans
Loans are intended for new investment as follows:
|1. Fixed assets|
|Long-term tangible assets||
|Long-term intangible assets||
|2. Working capital||
3. Manner of implementation
4. Loan amount, disbursement period and repayment
A loan is funded from the proceeds provided by ESIF and commercial banks in proportion 50:50.
Portion of loan funded from ESIF sources can be in kuna or in kuna indexed to euro, whereas portion of loan funded from commercial bank sources is committed in kuna indexed to euro.
Enterprise must provide its own share in loan of at least 15% of investment amount, VAT not included.
Treatment of ESIF aid: It is not allowed to cumulate aid from the proceeds of ESIF on the same project, which means that this loan cannot be combined with:
- ESIF grants, neither as pre-investment nor as co-investment;
- other ESIF financial instruments, such as HAMAG-BICRO guarantees;
- other financial instruments, such as HAMAG-BICRO guarantees financed from the state budget.
|On the part of loan principal from ESIF funds||
|On the part of loan principal from commercial bank's funds||
Under this loan programme, borrowers are exempt from paying all fees that are usually charged for the processing of applications and the commitment of funds.
When entering into a loan under this loan programme, for the purpose of securing due fulfilment of loan obligations, collateral is agreed in accordance with assessment/request of commercial bank, and for the recovery of awarded regional aid and de minimis aid: 2 (two) debentures of the enterprise, where the amount of both debentures is the sum of aid in kuna.
8. Roles in the implementation of "ESIF Growth and Expansion Loans" financial instrument
On 21 December 2016, the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds entered into the Agreement on Financing Level I for the Implementation of Financial Instrument “ESIF Growth and Expansion Loans”.
Pursuant to the above Agreement, HBOR is authorised to be the fund manager of the proceeds from the European Structural and Investment Funds. Through the public procurement procedure, HBOR selected three commercial banks – Privredna banka Zagreb d.d., Erste & Steiermärkische Bank d.d. and Zagrebačka banka d.d. – with which HBOR concluded Agreements on Financing Level II for the Implementation of Financial Instrument “ESIF Growth and Expansion Loans” on 24 October 2017.
Irregularity reports and complaints on loan rejection decisions made by commercial banks can be submitted to the email address: email@example.com.