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Abstract

Participants can expect to further their understanding of how financial instruments can help in their efforts to deliver EAFRD objectives. They will also learn how new initiatives, including fi-compass and also EC-EIB co-operation in Agriculture and Rural Development, can support their efforts to implement financial instruments. The conference will be opened by statements from Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Wilhelm Molterer, Vice President of the EIB and Czesław Adam Siekierski, Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, European Parliament. The event targets EAFRD Managing Authorities, farm and business associations, bodies implementing or considering implementing financial instruments in agriculture and rural development, financial intermediaries, EAFRD stakeholders, members of the Civil Dialogue Group on rural development, public authorities, chambers of commerce, business angels, EIB Group staff, and other actors supporting financial instruments’ implementation.

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The first high level EAFRD fi-compass conference took place on 23 and 24 June 2015 in Dublin, Ireland

Welcoming the participants, An Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Enda Kenny T.D. underlined the importance of the agri-food sector in Ireland and the potential role of EAFRD Financial Instruments. This was strongly reinforced by the Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine Simon Coveney T.D. Opening statements by Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Wilhelm Molterer, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank, and Czesław Adam Siekierski, Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, highlighted the major EU rural development policy objectives in relation to use and implementation of financial instruments under the EAFRD.

Picture: Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development

Jerzy Plewa, Director-General of the European Commission’s Agriculture and Rural Development Directorate-General, described how EU rural development policy could boost growth and jobs in agriculture and rural areas with EAFRD financial instruments. Pekka Pesonen, Secretary General of COPA-COGECA, and Matteo Bartolini, President of CEJA, emphasized the investment needs in Europe’s agriculture and agri-food industry as well as the challenges faced by Europe’s young farmers. Simon Barnes, Head of Advisory, EIB outlined the role of advisory in strengthening and accelerating investments. Managing Authorities, financial institutions and rural development stakeholders were given opportunities to exchange and discuss the advantages, features, and the general suitability of financial instruments in delivering Rural Development Programme objectives.

Picture: Wilhelm Molterer, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank

 

The EIB Group and European Commission explained the different aspects of their co-operation in agriculture and rural development within the EU and its work programme, specifically the practical support available from the EIB Group. This includes the model Loan Guarantee Instrument for Agriculture under the EAFRD, the possibility of co-financing of RDPs in the 2014-2020 programming period and general lending for agriculture and agri-food businesses. Participants were given a comprehensive overview of the current and forthcoming fi-compass advisory platform support and tools available to Member States and Managing Authorities in their efforts to implement EAFRD financial instruments.

Picture: Enda Kenny T.D.,Taoiseach of Ireland (Prime Minister of Ireland)

Picture: Simon Coveney T.D., Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine

The final sessions were dedicated to more hands-on aspects of using financial instruments with a presentation on the ex-ante assessment methodology for financial instruments in agriculture under the EAFRD by Bernd Schuh, Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning. Frank Lee, European Investment Bank, spoke of managing financial instruments under shared management and the challenges ahead. Participants heard from the EIB Group experiences and lessons in managing financial instruments during 2007-2013 and but also early lessons from 2014-2020 period from Managing Authorities in Estonia, Languedoc-Roussillon and Hungary who are in the process of implementing financial instruments. The conference closed with a panel considered ways of creating investment opportunities for farmers and rural businesses with EAFRD FIs-.

Picture: Czesław Adam Siekierski, Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, European Parliament

 

 

 

First European fi-compass Conference on Financial Instruments under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

Title Speakers
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Welcome statement

Mr Enda Kenny T.D.,Taoiseach of Ireland (Prime Minister of Ireland)

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Opening statements 

Mr Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development

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Opening statements

Mr Wilhelm Molterer, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank

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Opening statements

Mr Czesław Adam Siekierski, Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, European Parliament

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Introductory statement

Mr Simon Coveney T.D., Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine

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Day 1 Q&A 1

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EU rural development policy boosting growth and jobs in agriculture and rural areas with EAFRD financial instruments

Mr Jerzy Plewa, Director-General, Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

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The investment needs in Europe’s agriculture and agri-food industry

Mr Pekka Pesonen, Secretary General COPA - COGECA

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The challenges in front of Europe’s young farmers and access to credit

Mr Matteo Bartolini, President, CEJA

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EIB advisory services: strengthening and accelerating investments in the EU

Mr Simon Barnes, Head of Advisory, European Investment Bank

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Day 1 Q&A 2

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Day 1 closing remarks

Mr Aldo Longo, Director, Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

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Welcome

Mr Aldo Longo, Director, Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

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Memorandum of Understanding between the EC and the EIB on co-operation in agriculture and rural development within the EU and its work programme

Mr Nivelin Noev, Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

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Loan Guarantee Instrument for Agriculture under the EAFRD 

Mr Ioannis Tsakiris, European Investment Fund

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Co-financing RDPs 2014-2020 and lending for agriculture and agri-food businesses

Mr Werner Schmidt, Director, European Investment Bank

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Day 2 Q&A 1

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Programming of FIs in RDPs 2014 - 2020 and future policy steps

Mr Martin Scheele, Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

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fi-compass advisory platform support for financial instruments under the EAFRD: overview of new products and future work programme

Mr Kieran Kearney, Advisory Services, European Investment Bank

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Ex-ante assessment methodology for financial instruments in agriculture under the EAFRD

Mr Bernd Schuh, Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning

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Experience in managing financial instruments under shared management and the challenges ahead

Mr Frank Lee, European Investment Bank

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Making investment opportunities for farmers and rural businesses with EAFRD FIs

Ms Cindy Schultz, Directorate of Rural Affairs, Agriculture and Coastal Economy, Languedoc Roussillon Region, France

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Making investment opportunities for farmers and rural businesses with EAFRD FIs

Ms Szilvia Bencze, Ministry of Agriculture, Hungary

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Making investment opportunities for farmers and rural businesses with EAFRD FIs

Ms Merle Saaliste, Ministry of Agriculture, Estonia

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Day 2 Q&A 2