Financing program to support the agricultural and bio-economy sector

Τhe program is addressed to farmers, SMEs, and mid-cap companies, to cover working capital needs or investment plans with preferential pricing and exemption from the obligation to pay the contribution of Law 128/75.

The product at a glance

Budget and availability period of the project.

The budget of the project is €100.000.000 and the availability period is until 08.12.2022 or until the available funds are exhausted. 

Purpose of funding

The program aims to enhance the access of farmers, SMEs, and mid-cap companies in the agriculture and bio-economy sector to bank financing on highly favorable terms.

Loan amount

The maximum loan amount can be up to €12.500.000 with a total budget of €25.000.000

Duration of financing

The duration of the loans may not exceed the economic and technical life of the financed investment (minimum duration of 2 years).

Disbursement procedure

Lump-sum or partial disbursements are allowed, with a mandatory grace period of up to two years. The first disbursement must be made no later than 08 December 2022

Method of payment

Payment is made through equal quarterly or semi-annual installments.
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Detailed information

The interest rate is Euribor 3M limited to zero, in case of a negative price, plus a margin (exemption from the contribution of Law 128/75).
The usual collateral received is required.
The bank's usual rates & charges apply.

Eligibility criteria

  • They are based, operate, and will invest within the Greek territory.
  • They are not active in non-eligible sectors, as described in detail below as "non-eligible enterprises".
  • They are engaged in eligible economic activities in the agricultural and bio-economic sectors, as described below and
  • Either they are small and medium-sized enterprises and employ fewer than 250 employees, measured in annual work units (AWU),
  • either they are mid-caps employing between 250 and 3,000 employees, measured in annual work units (AWU).

Ineligible businesses and financing activities are: 
The business’ eligibility is determined according to the economic activity codes in the EU (NACE), as provided by the EIB to NBG.
Irrespective of the eligibility of the economic activity code (NACE) relating to the main activity, any interested enterprise involved in any of the following activities is not eligible for EIB financing:

  • activities related to the production or trafficking of arms and ammunition, explosives, equipment or infrastructure intended for military or police use and equipment or infrastructure which have as their effect the restriction of individual rights and freedom or the violation of human rights,
  • activities that may lead to environmental impacts that cannot be largely mitigated or compensated for (including but not limited to, for example, projects in protected areas, critical habitats, and cultural heritage sites),
  • activities which may be considered ethically or morally controversial or which are contrary to or prohibited by provisions of national law, e.g. animal testing and research on the cloning of human beings,
  • activities prohibited by national legislation (where legislation exists) e.g. genetic modification, abortion clinics, nuclear power, etc.

In addition, and irrespective of the main activity of the undertaking concerned, any income from the following activities must not exceed 10% of the annual income of the undertaking concerned:

  • activities aimed at producing or facilitating the use of games of chance and related equipment
  • activities aimed at tobacco production, processing, or specialized distribution of tobacco and activities facilitating the use of tobacco (e.g. smoking rooms).

Apart from the above exceptions relating to exempted sectors or activities, financial holding companies whose sole economic activity is to own and manage portfolios of equity holdings and/or investments in other companies are not eligible.

Specific eligibility conditions for investments in the agricultural and/or bio-economy sector:

  1. Investments in greenhouses: Investments in unheated greenhouses are eligible. Investments in heated greenhouses are not eligible, except for those greenhouses heated 100% by renewable energy sources (including biomass) and those existing greenhouses heated by non-renewable energy sources that are upgraded through this funding to include a level of renewable energy and/or energy efficiency measures that result in net greenhouse gas savings or those greenhouses that do not have a fixed (integrated) heating system. In any case, the water supply of such greenhouses must be sustainable, and pesticides, run-off, and their overall impact must comply with EU environmental and social standards.
  2. Investing in biogas: If the investment concerns the construction of small biogas plants (with a total investment cost of up to €5.000.000), at least 25% of the materials used must be provided by one or more shareholders of the business (e.g. farmers, food processors, wastewater treatment operators) to ensure the medium-term operational viability of the investment. For a larger biogas plant (with total investment costs exceeding €5.000.000) to be eligible for EIB financing, acceptable and legally binding long-term contracts for the supply of raw materials (more than 5 years) are required. These supply agreements must explicitly include contractual clauses allowing the operator/producer to obtain at any time and at reasonable cost appropriate materials to ensure the continued operation of the biogas plant during the project.
  3. For the purposes of eligibility of investments in the irrigation sector, the financed enterprise must ensure that it has officially recognized water rights for the use of water to transform and/or modernize its facilities.

Eligibility criteria for Young Farmers  
Beneficiaries of the additional economic advantage of the program are those enterprises (including sole proprietorships) which are engaged in an eligible economic activity, which is part of the agricultural and bio-economic sectors and which is owned and controlled by a person who is:

  1. an active farmer and head of the agricultural holding, and
  2. he/she is under 41 years of age on the date of signature of the contract.  
Eligibility is conditional on both criteria being met.  

The agriculture and bioeconomy sectors encompass all economic activities in the value chain, including primary agricultural production, upstream and downstream production, paper industry, including pulp, bioenergy production, natural resource protection, production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into food and feed, organic products and bioenergy, and retail/wholesale of food and catering services.

 

 
 

Investments and expenditure that can be included in the Business Plan include:

  • Purchase, renewal, extension of tangible assets, including land only if substantially necessary for the investment, up to 10% of the amount of financing. The purchase of agricultural land is not included.
  • The acquisition of patents or licenses is eligible provided that they are necessary for the technical installation of the investment.
  • Intangible assets such as:

research and design costs, construction period costs up to 10% of the amount of funding, and Research & Development costs.

  • Generational change (e.g. retirement of the previous owner) or business change related to staff. The funding in these cases is intended to continue the economic activity of the business concerned, provided, however, that the buyer and the business being sold are eligible businesses and the total funding does not exceed €5.000.000.
  • Working capital of a more permanent nature. In particular, businesses are financed for undertakings related to their trading cycle as part of their normal activity. Expenditure that can be financed includes (but is not limited to) the purchase of raw materials and other inputs in manufacturing, inventories and overheads, trade receivables, and receivables from sales to non-end consumers.


 
The program aims to enhance the access of farmers, SMEs, and mid-cap companies in the agriculture and bio-economy sector to bank financing on particularly favorable terms. It also aims to boost their competitiveness and support investments that accelerate the use of new technologies, improve agricultural products, and the development of the agri-food sector.

Loan in 3 steps

Step 1: Submit your application
First, you will need to visit one of our branches, provide us with the necessary documents and submit your application to the bank.
Step2: Sign the contract
If your application is approved, you visit the branch to sign the loan agreement.
Step3: We disburse your loan
After you sign the contract, we will make the disbursement.

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