Brussels, 27th January 2016 – Markus Ferber, MEP and Vice Chairman of the ECON Committee today chaired a breakfast meeting at the EU Parliament sponsored by the EUF.

The program brought together top EU policy makers, from both the European Parliament and the European Commission, finance providers and leaders of real economy SME users. The hundred attendees explored the opportunities and issues that these employment and wealth creating businesses face in obtaining funding on the ground.

Welcomed by John Gielen, Chairman of the EUF, a range of speakers analysed the impact of Capital Markets Union’s EU Commission flagship project to foster “real economy” funding , the lack of harmonized approaches across different countries and legislations, access to and the relative cost of finance, together with the issues of disseminating knowledge and information.

This theoretical approach was then tested against the real world experience of three SME businesses who talked of their operational challenges in obtaining funding and how in their cases factoring had provided an effective solution for meeting their working capital needs. "SME financing is not about building a bridge, but building bridges – this means offering each SME an individual financing solution that matches its particular business model," Markus Ferber, MEP, pointed out.

The forum gave the groups the opportunity to understand the positons and challenges that each face and was welcomed by all as an important and successful opportunity for dialogue, with doors opened for ongoing exchange of views and information.

John Gielen, the Chairman of EUF, commented: “This meeting was all about building bridges; between the regulators, the providers and SME finance users; today we have had a constructive opportunity to share experience and understanding that provides a new platform upon which to build.”

Brussels, 29th January 2016 – The Factoring and Commercial Finance Industry met yesterday in Brussels for its Second Annual Summit aimed at working together and developing common solutions to support the real economies in Europe.

The European Federation (EUF) and the global network Factors Chain International FCI (which has recently merged with the International Factors Group IFG) hosted a gathering of principal stakeholders including regulators, lawmakers and industry providers.

Brussels was again chosen as the centre of dialogue with European decision makers and a focal point in developing the environment to support business and SMEs in particular.

The keynote address was provided by Erik van der Plaats, Senior Expert in Bank Regulation and Supervision Unit, DG FISMA, European Commission, Netherlands who updated the audience on the “State of the EU and EU Commission Program & Objectives”, with a particular focus on bank regulation.The program also included the launch of the EUF’s White Paper Report on the Industry, which for the first time provides hard evidence of the low Loss Given Default nature of Factoring and Commercial Finance and highlights its role as a unique “win win” in finance, providing users with high levels of funding and providers with high levels of security.

John Gielen, the Chairman of EUF, is an Industry veteran with over fifty years’ experience: “The role of Factoring and Commercial Finance continues to develop; this Summit provides the opportunity for those who deliver and those who regulate to share understanding and develop opportunity”.

Peter Mulroy, Secretary General of FCI noted that “This Industry is universally important; Europe is the largest hub of a global business network, accounting for over 60% of a €2.35 Trillion turnover. With the enlarged FCI now representing around four hundred providers in over ninety countries, together we are delighted to see the role of this type of funding continue to grow”. 

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EUF is the European Federation for Factoring and Commercial Finance in Europe. It comprises national and international industry associations that are active in the EU. The EUF seeks to engage with governments and legislators to enhance the availability of finance to business, with a particular emphasis on the SME community. The EUF acts as a platform between the factoring and commercial finance industry and key legislative decision makers across Europe bringing together national experts to speak with one voice.


Contact: John Gielen, Chairman 

FCI, Factors Chain International, is a global network of leading factoring companies, whose common aim is to facilitate international trade through factoring and related financial services. Currently the FCI network, which has just merged with the IFG, International Factors Group, counts over 400 providers in over 90 countries, and is actively engaged in more than 80% of the world's cross-border factoring volume.


Contact: Peter Mulroy, Secretary General

Friday 29 January 2016

EUF has submitted to EBA it's position paper on EBA consultation paper on definition of default.

EU Federation for Factoring & Commercial Finance invite you to attend the Breakfast Workshop on “Building bridges between Finance and SME’s” on 27. January in the EU Parliament. The workshop is chaired and hosted by Mr Markus Ferber, Member of the EU Parliament and Vice-Chairman of the ECON Committee.

We believe that this initiative will raise the profile of the Factoring Industry in Europe.

Please have a look at the programme and practical information here

The Agenda for the Second EU Factoring and Commercial Finance Summit has been updated.

NEW speakers just confirmed:
Andrzej Zbikowski, Vice-Chairman, Polski Zwiazek Faktorow, Poland
Françoise Palle-Guillabert, Délégué Général, ASF, France
Honorio Ruiz, Secretary General, Associacion Espanola de Factoring, Spain
Dirk Vanstrijthem, CEO, KBC Commercial Finance, Belgique
Fausto Galmarini, CEO, Beta Stepstone SpA , Italy
Hendrik Harms, MD, Deutsche Factoring Bank, Germany
Peter de Koning, Business Development Director, ABN AMRO Commercial Finance, Netherlands
Patrick de Villepin, CEO, BNP Paribas Factors, France

The panelists will give an update on recent evolutions of Factoring in their country, and will discuss legal environment for Factoring in EU.  The previously announced topics include presentation and discussion of the EUF White Paper on the Factoring Industry in Europe, Factoring in Europe: One industry / Many faces, Legal & Regulatory issues affecting the industry.

Register for the Summit and benefit from unique networking and knowledge exchange opportunities!

Don’t wait! The registration is open till 28 December 2015 at event page here.