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.

State aid Temporary Framework adopted

The European Commission has adopted legislation to introduce a temporary framework to enable Member States to use the full flexibility foreseen under State aid rules to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Temporary Framework includes a number of flexibilities that could be used to scale up and enhance existing ESIF financial instruments and/or set up new schemes to support EU businesses. These include amongst other things:

Gap analysis for small and medium-sized enterprises financing in the European Union

Financial instruments related to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) represent over half of the total ESIF funds committed to financial instruments in the 2014-2020 programming period. At the end of 2018, over EUR 17 billion of ESIF programme resources had been committed to support SMEs through financial instruments and this figure is expected to increase in the next programming period.

Gap analysis of SME financing – new fi-compass report published

A new report has been published on the fi-compass website, which presents an analysis of the financing gaps and market failures relating to SME financing in each EU Member State. The report shows how, following the success of ESIF financial instruments in this sector during the 2014-2020 period, significant financing gaps nevertheless remain in all Member States for both debt and equity finance for businesses.

FI Campus 2019 – Interview with Jonathan Denness, DG REGIO and Frank Lee, EIB


Interview with Jonathan Denness, Head of Financial Instruments and International Financial Institutions Relations Unit, DG REGIO, European Commission, and Frank Lee, Head of Financial Instruments Advisory Division, European Investment Bank, recorded at the FI Campus 2019 event, 4-5 December 2019 in Brussels.

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European Commission’s updated annotated reporting template for financial instruments published on fi-compass

All managing authorities using European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) are required by Article 46 of the Common Provisions Regulation (CPR) to send to the European Commission a specific report covering their operations comprising ESIF financial instruments.

The updated annotated reporting template for ESIF financial instruments is available here on the fi-compass website.

Updated annotated template for reporting on financial instruments according to Article 46 Common provisions regulation

This updated annotated template for reporting on financial instruments according to Article 46 Common Provisions Regulation (CPR) includes instructions on how to fill-in the required and optional fields in the report on financial instruments (Section 8 in the annual implementation report to be submitted through the System for Fund Management in the European Union (SFC)).

RegioStars Awards 2020 launched: submit your successful ESIF financial instrument projects to the competition

The RegioStars Awards 2020 have been launched by the European Commission. Applications are invited from EU funded projects which demonstrate excellence and new approaches in regional development. fi-compass encourages you especially to submit to this competition examples of financial instruments under European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and the projects they are supporting.