The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a €100m (£84.5m) promotional lending agreement with Deutsche Leasing.
The deal was designed to provide finance for SMEs and mid-caps in Germany and Europe more widely, targeting businesses with up to 3,000 employees with long-term growth projects.
The EIB Group, which includes the European Investment Fund (EIF), conducted more than €33bn of lending in 2016, to 300,000 businesses.
The EIB said it may increase its loan to Deutsche Leasing to €150m at a later date. The two institutions first established a joint promotional lending facility four years ago, according to Deutsche Leasing.
EIB vice-president Ambroise Fayolle, responsible for operations in Germany, said the EIB’s funding was made possible through partnerships.
Fayolle said: “We can only achieve this if we work together with institutions like Deutsche Leasing, which have superb local investment funding know-how, and not only in Germany but throughout Europe, making them the EU bank’s ideal partner. So I am delighted that we are taking our successful cooperation forward with this new agreement.”
Kai Ostermann, chairman of Deutsche Leasing’s group board, said: “For small German businesses it is important to have at their side financing partners that support their Europe-wide investment projects simply and directly”.