This study assesses whether a condition which requires ailing banks or groups of ailing banks that receive State aid to maintain or to provide additional access to finance small and medium-sized enterprises legally justified and economically beneficial. The relevant cases have been examined and the link to SME lending has been analysed in a qualitative and a quantitative way. An overview table of the cases analysis is provided in the Annex. This study was prepared by Policy Department A at the request of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) in the European Parliament and can be downloaded from the Parliament's website (http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=IPOL_STU%282015%29518754).
It it posted on the CEPS website with the kind permission of the European Parliament.