fi-compass is a unique platform for advisory services on financial instruments under the European Structural and Investment funds (ESIF) and microfinance under the Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI).
fi-compass is provided by the European Commission in partnership with the European Investment Bank.
fi-compass is designed to support ESIF managing authorities, EaSI microfinance providers and other interested parties, by providing practical know-how and learning tools on financial instruments. These will include “how-to” manuals, factsheets for quick reference, e-learning modules, face-to-face training seminars and networking events.
The fi-compass website will progressively become the knowledge hub for ESIF Financial Instruments.
Financial instruments co-funded by the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) are an efficient way to invest in the growth and development of people and businesses across the EU. They can be set-up by Member States and regions to invest available ESIF funding through financial products such as loans, guarantees, equity and other risk-bearing mechanisms that support projects on the ground.
EaSI microfinance is part of the Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) Programme. It aims to increase the accessibility of finance for vulnerable groups, micro- and social enterprises.
fi-compass offers general information, practical tools and learning opportunities that guide you – step-by-step - through the entire life cycle of ESIF financial instruments. Specific advice is offered also on the use of financial instruments under the ERDF, the CF, the ESF, the EAFRD and the EMFF.
So if you are a managing authority, a financial intermediary or any other party interested in learning more about the features, design and set-up of financial instruments under the Funds, follow the ESIF theme.
fi-compass multi-region assistance (MRA) will provide EU funding to co-operation projects of at least two managing authorities from different EU Member States which aim at assessing the possible use of ESIF financial instruments in specific thematic areas of common interest.
So if you are a managing authority or a financial institution interested in participating in multi-region co-operation projects, or if you want to learn from their outcomes, visit the MRA section.
fi-compass will offer institutional assessments and tailored training to selected microfinance providers, workshops to spread good practice in the wider European microcredit sector and a dedicated helpdesk.
So if you are a microfinance provider or simply interested in learning more about good practice in the European microfinance sector, follow the EaSI Technical Assistance theme.
EC Regulatory Guidance (Guidance for Member States on the selection of bodies implementing financial instruments)
Factsheet (Financial instruments working with social entrepreneurship)
Manual (Methodological handbook for implementing an ex-ante assessment of agriculture financial instruments under the EAFRD)