on financial instruments under the European
fi-compass is a platform for advisory services
Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)
Barre_04.png
be an important tool for boosting EU agriculture.
Barre_04.png
Investments, in a variety of forms, will help create a modern, dynamic agri-food
sector to create jobs and enhance growth in the EU. Financial Instruments will
Financial instruments using the European Social Fund
can support a wide range of financially viable
investment projects
Barre_04_1_4.png

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). 

This fi-compass conference will take place in Sofia during the time of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU following the informal meeting of the EU Ministers for Agriculture that will be held on the 3, 4 and 5 June 2018.

Following the high-level opening statements, further distinguished speakers will present key topics related to 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 in EN is available here.
A Bulgarian version of the programme is available here.

The Speakers' biographies can be found here.

Language

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.

Registrations

Online registration for the conference will be open until Friday, 01 June 2018.
Places for up to 300 participants are available.
We recommend registering as soon as possible.

Date: 
Tue, Jun 5, 2018 to Wed, Jun 6, 2018
Location: 
Sofia
Address: 
Hilton Sofia Hotel, 1 Bulgaria Boulevard, 1421 Sofia, Bulgaria
Type: 
Conference
Capacity: 
300
Registration required: 
Yes