Content related to all 28 European Member States

Factsheet (Financial gap in the EU agricultural sector)

This report offers a first look into the financial gap for agricultural enterprises for short-term and for medium and long-term loans. It is based on established European Commission methodology (Ex-ante assessment of the EU SME Initiative, 2013) and incorporates improved calculations. The input variables are based on updated data from Eurostat, the Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN) provided by DG AGRI and the SAFE survey. Wherever specific data for the agricultural sector was not available, approximations were used.

Manual (Scoping study for the use of financial instruments under the EMFF and related advisory support activities)

The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) policy framework emphasises the need for more use of financial instruments in 2014-2020: the overall aim is therefore to deliver more ESIF funding through financial instruments in the future. To help achieve this, the European Commission, in partnership with the EIB, has set up a single advisory platform on ESIF financial instruments for the programming period 2014-2020. This advisory platform is called fi-compass.

Panel discussion and Q&A with the audience


Manfred Watzinger, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism, Austria

Hans Kordik, Research Expert, Ecorys

Bernd Schuh, Executive Director, Austrian Institute for Regional Studies

Kurt Leutgeb, Head of Guarantees, Equity, Austria Wirtschaftsservice Gesellschaft

Michael Pielke, Head of Unit, DG AGRI, European Commission

Mario Guido, Financial Instruments Advisor, European Investment Bank

Financial instruments to play key role in transition towards sustainable food systems

Financial instruments, available under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), have a significant potential in contributing to the achievement of the Green Deal ambitions and more specifically of the Farm to fork and Biodiversity strategies. Nonetheless, the financial needs of agriculture and the agri-food sector remain high.

fi-compass EAFRD country specific webinars on financial needs in the agriculture and agri-food sectors

On 16 September 2020, the European Commission – Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) in partnership with the European Investment Bank (EIB) launched a series of country specific webinars on the ‘Financial needs in the agriculture and agri-food sectors’.

The webinars aimed to further raise awareness on the results of the recently published fi-compass country-specific reports on financing needs in agriculture and agri-food sectors in 24 EU Member states.

Financial needs in the agriculture and agri-food sectors in the European Union

This report summarises the main findings of the 24 EU country reports on the financing gap in the agriculture and agri-food sectors, published in June 2020. The analysis is based on the identification and assessment of the supply of and demand for financing, and on the quantification of the unmet demand for financing for the two sectors.