Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Serbia are to benefit from new funding from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Union (EU), made available through Intesa Leasing.
A new 5 million euros credit line will be on-lent by Intesa Leasing to Serbian firms in the form of leases for equipment, vehicles and so on, enabling them to invest in their working standards and processes and become more competitive on local and EU markets. The aim is to encourage SMEs to invest in upgrades in three key areas: environmental protection, health and safety, and product quality.
Once projects are successfully completed, SMEs will be able to access grants worth up to 15 per cent of the total lease amount.
A particular focus will be on investments in greener technologies, to help SMEs adapt to EU environmental standards and improve their energy efficiency. At least 60 per cent of all leases will support energy-saving measures.
The new facility is part of the Western Balkans SME Competitiveness Support Programme, to which the EBRD provides loans and the European Union (EU) contributes incentive payments and technical assistance. The goal is to help SMEs modernise their activities and take advantage of trade opportunities in the Western Balkans region and wider European market.
“We are very glad to continue our successful cooperation with the EBRD, particularly in these post-Covid-19 circumstances, which have been especially challenging for SMEs”, said Darko Popović, President of the Board of Directors of Intesa Leasing and CEO of Banca Intesa. “With the new credit line, we will offer favourable leasing conditions to our SME clients, aimed at improving their working standards to boost the competitiveness of this segment in the local and EU markets”, he explained.
Intesa Leasing Belgrade is a member of the Intesa Sanpaolo banking group and one of the major leasing companies in Serbia, with significant business activities in the vehicles, equipment and real-estate sectors. By combining global experience with local skills, it seeks solutions that meet client needs and support a better quality of life, prosperity, and economic and societal development more broadly.