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fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission – watch a video story from Romania: Smart Bill

This fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission is a video story about Smart Bill, an invoicing and inventory management software company from Bucharest, Romania. The company received as final recipient an equity investment from the JEREMIE Romania 2007-2013 financial instrument, co-financed with resources from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the national budget.

fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission – watch a video story from Romania: Smart Bill

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This fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission is a video story about Smart Bill, an invoicing and inventory management software company from Bucharest, Romania. The company received as final recipient an equity investment from the JEREMIE Romania 2007-2013 financial instrument, co-financed with resources from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the national budget.

Mircea Capatina, Co-Founder of Smart Bill, explains in the video that the investment was used for growth, for marketing and sales and for the development of a new accounting software. He states in the video: “Without the financing we would have grown at a much slower pace.”

The video story includes also a short interview with Marius Ghenea from Catalyst Romania who explains how their investment in Smart Bill was possible with the support of European Union resources and how the fund manager supports the final recipient apart from the investment itself.

Cristian Ignat, Founder of Canopy, a customer of Smart Bill, discusses in the video how his company successfully works with Smart Bill’s software and how Smart Bill’s customer focus is very helpful for Canopy.

A new DG AGRI-EIB initiative in support of rural infrastructure investment and smart villages development

A new initiative of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) encouraging the use of EAFRD financial instruments by EU Member States for rural infrastructure development and smart villages was launched during the ‘Fifth annual EU conference on European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) in 2014-2020’, which took place in Romania on 4-5 June 2019.

Interview with Mr Petre Daea, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU

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Interview with Petre Daea, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, recorded at the 'Fifth annual EU conference on EAFRD financial instruments for agriculture and rural development in 2014-2020' on June 2019, Bucharest.

Event page: www.fi-compass.eu/event/5331/fifth-annual-eu-conference-eafrd-financial-instruments-agriculture-and-rural-development

Encouraging investments in rural Europe

Financial instruments for young farmers, rural infrastructure and other agri-food investments are among some of the hot topics being advanced by Member States and the European Commission through fi-compass in 2019. Our activities in these European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) fields include events and studies that improve know-how and share experience around rural Europe about EAFRD financial instruments.