Case study (SELFIEmployment, Italy)

This case study describes the SELFIEmployment financial instrument in Italy which provides financial support through micro and small loans at zero interest rate for people Not (engaged) in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) to enhance their self-employment and entrepreneurship initiatives, thus increasing their chances of being included in the labour market.

Final conference announced for MRA-IFISE project on ESIF financial instruments in support of the social economy

The IFISE (Innovative Financial Instruments in support of the Social Economy) project, has announced its final conference to be held on 11 June 2019 in Brussels. The conference is the final event of the IFISE project, funded by the European Commission Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy under the Multi-region assistance (MRA) programme.

New fi-compass resources on ERDF financial instruments

The start of 2019 has seen a number of new resources for ERDF practitioners published on the fi-compass website. The event page for FI Campus 2018 is now online with links to all the materials from our flagship event. The new event page for the FIRECE project features materials on energy efficiency, which is also the theme of our new case study from Greece to be published shortly.

AL VIA – an ESIF guarantee instrument for smart SMEs in Lombardy

Founded in 2017, the Italian region of Lombardy’s AL VIA programme has taken important steps to help revive the regional economy in the wake of the financial crisis.

The AL VIA financial instrument provides mid- to long-term assistance to small and medium-sized businesses in the form of loans and guarantees, releasing up to EUR370 million of financing.

Looking for inspirational fi-compass video case studies?

The fi-compass website showcases an increasing library of video case studies and interviews highlighting multiple ways that managing authorities have implemented financial instruments, offering insightful advice from the practitioners.

These success stories feature all ESI Funds and multiple Member States, including different objectives, implementation options and financial products. Examples from loan funds highlight support for fishing communities, energy efficiency, young farmers, social enterprises, SMEs and self-employment, and an equity fund for start-ups.