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Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)
be an important tool for boosting EU agriculture.
Investments, in a variety of forms, will help create a modern, dynamic agri-food
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Financial instruments using the European Social Fund
can support a wide range of financially viable
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Fourth annual EU conference on EAFRD financial instruments for agriculture and rural development in 2014-2020, 5 – 6 June 2018, Sofia

The European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI), supported by the European Investment Bank (fi-compass), is pleased to announce the Fourth annual EU conference on financial instruments under the European Fund for Agriculture and Rural Development (EAFRD), 5 – 6 June 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The conference will be opened by Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development. He will be joined by high-level representatives from the Bulgarian government, the Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry as well as the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Investment Fund (EIF). 

Bulgaria will hold the Presidency of the Council of the EU at the time of this fi-compass conference.

Following the high-level opening statements, further distinguished speakers will present key topics related to agriculture, its current needs and future, and the design and implementation of financial instruments under the EAFRD in different Member States.

In this conference, participants can expect to get an overview on:

  • the new Commission’s proposal for supporting agriculture and rural development through the CAP and financial instruments,
  • the opportunities provided by EAFRD financial instruments for EU Member States and regions following the Omnibus regulation and EFSI 2.0,
  • ways in which EU Member States and regions are using EAFRD financial instruments for agriculture and rural development so far,
  • the impact and results of EAFRD supported financial instruments on the development of their agricultural and agri-food economies.

Participants will hear concrete examples of the design and implementation of financial instruments in agriculture and rural development supported by the EAFRD in 2014-2020. They will also learn from experiences of the banking sector as well as the European Investment Bank Group in realising financial instruments on the ground.

This must-attend conference follows previous annual fi-compass conferences dedicated to EAFRD financial instruments that took place in Dublin (2015), Brussels (2016) and Paris (2017) as well as a series of six macro-regional conferences that took place in Vienna (2015), Riga (2015), Madrid (2016), Rome (2016), Warsaw (2016) and Tallinn (2017).

We warmly invite all stakeholders involved or planning to become involved in the implementation of EAFRD financial instruments to participate in the discussions.

Agenda of the conference

The detailed programme of the conference (English version) is available here.
A Bulgarian version of the programme will be available soon.


Simultaneous interpretation to/from EN/BG will be ensured for speakers and participants.
Interpretation to/from other EU languages (DE, ES, IT, FR) will also be provided.


Online registration for the conference will be open until Tuesday, 29 May 2018.
Places for up to 300 participants are available.
We recommend registering as soon as possible.

Please register for this event using the button below.

Tue, Jun 5, 2018 to Wed, Jun 6, 2018
Hilton Sofia Hotel, 1 Bulgaria Boulevard, 1421 Sofia, Bulgaria
Registration required: 

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. Registrants will be informed in a separate email whether or not they can attend the conference. The decision will be based on targeted audience, available seats and balanced representation of Member States and organisations. Please note that the primary target groups of the conference will have priority and other interested stakeholders will be informed only at a later stage if they can participate. This can take several weeks. When entering the venue, participants need to have their valid national identification document (ID) at hand. Participants who registered but will not be able to attend the conference are kindly asked to inform the organisers at: events@fi-compass.eu.


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.