The first positive news: the total programme contributions committed to FIs increased by almost EUR 1.9 billion by the end of 2021, to EUR 29.3 billion, including EUR 21.9 billion from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF).
Similarly, supported final recipients increased by almost 122 000, to 678 000. Of these, SMEs were the largest group, with 592 500, of which 452 000 qualified as microenterprises. SMEs received support mostly through guarantees (435 000). Supported final recipients also included over 80 500 individuals, mostly receiving loans (51 500), and over 4 600 other final recipients.
Just like last year, the reported data highlights that the 2014-2020 regulatory framework has ensured a smooth and orderly implementation of ESIF financial instruments.