Factsheet for case BG-2021-23/1928 – measures in Bulgaria
|Country||Bulgaria , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 04 June 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Access to finance
|Author||Tsetomila Sabcheva and Luboslav Kostov (Citub) and Eurofound|
|Case created||02 July 2021 (updated 13 July 2021)|
The government have introduced a new recovery program "Fund of Funds". The purpose of the program is to give businesses access to loans to help with the resumption of activities after the gradual abolition of COVID-19 protection measures. This allows businesses to gain access to financial resources to meet current liquidity needs, for new investments, transformation and growth.
Those eligible to benefit from the recovery program are small and medium sized Bulgarian enterprises.
The program incudes:
Financial intermediaries for the program are: Tokuda Bank, First Investment Bank, Unicredit Bulbank, Raiffeisenbank, Postbank, UBB and DSK bank. The status of the measure is currently active and there is no deadline (until the funds run out).
The budget for this measure is BGN 157.9 million of public resource funds. The source of these public resource funds are: Operational Program "Innovation and Competitiveness" 2014 - 2020, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.
The funds were redirected from the financial instruments "Small Business Financing" and "Portfolio Guarantees with a Loss Ceiling for Energy Efficiency and Innovation.
At the moment there is no data on how many companies can or have an interest in using this resource. The first data will probably be available by the end of the third quarter of 2021.
|Does not apply to workers||
||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The measure was not consulted with the social partners, either formally within the National Council for Tripartite Cooperation or informally in the form of tripartite or bipartite meetings. The social partners were simply informed of the cabinet's intention in this direction. The main correspondence and exchange of remarks was through the media.
Business organizations did not support the measure, as they demanded more grants and grants at the expense of loans. According to their analyzes, at the moment there are enough credit lines on the Bulgarian market for which there is no demand. In addition, the affected SMEs will not meet the requirements of commercial banks, thus not having access to finance for those most affected. Only companies that are good customers and that do not have difficulties anyway will have access. The unions also did not support the measure and demanded more grants and fewer loans.
Eurofound (2021), "Fund of Funds": access to loans for recovery, case BG-2021-23/1928 (measures in Bulgaria), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.