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European Investment Stabilisation Function – EISF

The idea behind the Commission’s proposed European Investment Stabilisation Function (EISF) is to use dedicated financial means from the EU budget to help Member States stabilize their economies in the event of a major asymmetric shock. In the context of EISF, the Commission would borrow on the financial markets and then lend to the country concerned, which would use the money to finance public investment. Once the crisis was over, the Member State would reimburse the debt. The Commission hopes the other Member States would agree to subsidize the interest payments incurred. The function would be limited to euro-area countries, but those that have entered the exchange rate mechanism II (ERM II) might also benefit. The lending would be quasi automatic once statistical data showed an exceptional and steep rise in unemployment. The EISF -related dossier has met with considerable opposition at Council level.