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2016 OECD Economic Surveys: European Union 2016

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This 2016 OECD Economic Survey of the European Union examines recent economic developments, policies and prospects. The special chapter cover: Priorities for completing the Single Market.

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Executive summary

Building connected capital markets will reduce the over-reliance of European firms on bank lending at a time when the banking sector is still fragile in many countries. Diversifying both the domestic and cross-border sources of financing will lead to efficiency gains and help companies to expand, while allowing for a better sharing of risk among investors. Bank lending could be complemented by alternative financing, including securitisation, covered bonds, venture capital and private placements.

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