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The role of social financial intermediaries in deploying financial instruments under the European Social Fund in the 2014-2020 programming period, Brussels, 17 October 2017


We are pleased to announce the fi-compass event 'The role of social financial intermediaries in deploying financial instruments under the European Social Fund in the 2014-2020 programming period', 17 October 2017 in Brussels. This event is organised by the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL) in partnership with the European Investment Bank (EIB).

The main focus of this event will be on the role of social financial intermediaries (SFI) in the set-up of national or regional level financial instruments products with the European Social Fund (ESF) such as loans, guarantees, equity or quasi-equity. The opportunities of such instruments, as well as SFI’s most common practical challenges in implementing them will be in the spotlight of this event.

Furthermore, the event will present how the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) may support social projects, including in combination with the ESF. Also microfinance will be discussed as under the ESF it is one of the relevant areas in which SFI may add value.

Practical examples from Member States will illustrate the thematic objectives and areas in which financial instruments under the ESF are more effective, fostering collaboration among SFI, managing authorities, and other stakeholders to increase the take-up of ESF financial instruments and to improve the effectiveness of existing ones.


Agenda of the conference

The detailed programme of the conference is available here.



The event language will be English. Interpretation into other languages might be provided.



The deadline for registration is Tuesday, 10 October 2017.

We advise registering as soon as possible.


Please register for this event using the button below.

Tue, Oct 17, 2017
Sofitel Brussels Europe, Place Jourdan 1, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
Public Event
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Additional Information

After registering online through the www.fi-compass.eu website, registrants will receive an automatic email acknowledging receipt of their registration. This message is not a confirmation of participation. Within two weeks after application, the registrants will be informed by a separate email whether or not they can attend the event. The decision will be based on available seats, targeted audience and balanced representation of Member States and organisations.

Registration is free. Participants are expected to finance their own travel and accommodation costs. In case of unforeseen circumstances such as force majeure or low participant numbers, the event might be moved to a different date or cancelled. In this case, registered participants will be informed immediately via email. The reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses or work hours lost will not be possible.