On April 20, 2015, the Council of the EU adopted a regulation that would increase the capital available for long-term investment in the EU economy. The new kind of fund vehicle, the European long-term investment fund (ELTIF), is expected to provide investors with stable long term returns. An ELTIF will be subject to additional rules, requiring it, for example, to invest at least 70% of its capital in clearly defined categories of assets. Only alternative investment funds managed by alternative investment fund managers and authorized under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive would be able to market themselves as ELTIFs. The regulation will come into force on the twentieth day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

The text of the regulation is available at: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2015/04/20-longterm-investment-funds/