REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL

29/11/2021 | Commission Européenne

EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

1. CONTEXT OF THE PROPOSAL

• Reasons for and objectives of the proposal

Regulation (EU) 2015/760 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2015 on European long-term investment funds (the ‘ELTIF Regulation’) is a European framework for alternative investment funds (AIFs) that invest in long-term investments, such as social and transport infrastructure projects, real estate and SMEs. The ELTIF Regulation establishes uniform rules on the authorisation, investment policies and operating conditions and marketing of ELTIFs. The ELTIF regulatory framework is intended to facilitate long-term investments in these types of assets by institutional and retail investors and provide an alternative, non-bank source of finance to the real economy. Such long-term finance can support the development of the European Union’s economy along the path of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Since the publication of the first Capital Markets Union (CMU) action plan in 2015, a number of actions have been taken to develop more long-term sources of funding in the EU1 . However, it has become apparent that further policy interventions are necessary to ensure that more investments are channelled to businesses in need of capital and to long-term investment projects, particularly during the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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