European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen is visiting Greece (23-24.4) as part of a roadshow to promote the Investment Plan for Europe, which will utilise public & private investments of about €315 billion over the next 3 years (2015-2017).

During a press conference yesterday (video), Katainen stressed that Greece could benefit from (European Fund for Strategic Investment) EFSI-SME financing. He also added that public & private Partnership projects could also apply some risk sharing financing.

He also dismissed concerns about Greece’s access to the new NSRF funds in order to finance, among other, projects of the Investment Plan for Europe, by saying that there was no fiscal conditionality for the financing of a project and that this depends solely on the merit of the proposed project.

Today, Katainen will be presenting the Investment Plan for Europe in a joint committee meeting in the Hellenic parliament and will be meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.