The European Investment Bank (EIB) Group presents the first issue of the DCFTA Initiative East Guarantee Facility newsletter, summarising the progress as at December 2018. The Guarantee Facility aims to ensure improved access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises ("SMEs") in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

A video report on the economic forum organised in Chisinau by the European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) as part of EU4Business on 15 November, around the theme, 'Republic of Moldova: Banking Trends versus Economic Developments’. 
The forum attracted around 100 participants from the local financial sector, as well as from business associations, policy-making bodies, international financial institutions, and local businesses, and focused on the role of local currency financing in supporting MSEs – an important segment of the country’s economy.

The Yurashki gingerbread workshop has been exporting handmade sweet products to Poland for several years, and is currently in negotiations with other European partners. In part, the founder owes the company's success to a loan received through the EU4Business initiative. In addition to the funds invested in improving its financial processes, the business has boosted confidence in its own strength. What are the requirements to be met in order to obtain a loan from the EBRD, and why is the European market a priority for Ukrainian businesses? Find the answers in the video prepared by U open EU project.