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Second fi-compass ESF Conference ‘Financial instruments funded by the European Social Fund – boosting social impact’, 8 – 9 March 2018, Brussels

The European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL), supported by the European Investment Bank, is pleased to announce the Second fi-compass ESF Conference ‘Financial instruments funded by the European Social Fund – boosting social impact', taking place on 8 and 9 March 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

The 2-day conference will be opened by Ms Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility. Further distinguished speakers will present at the conference key topics related to financing social inclusion and social impact investing in the 2014-2020 programming period in a variety of thematic sessions.

The preliminary conference programme can be found here.

The conference language will be English.
Simultaneous translation to/from French, Italian and Spanish will be provided.


The target audience for this conference is:

  • ESF managing authorities from all EU Member States and regions,
  • Financial institutions directly involved in the design, implementation and promotion of financial instruments established under the ESF programmes or other EU funding sources, as well as their associations,
  • Other stakeholders involved and planning to become involved in the design, implementation and promotion of ESF financial instruments.


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

  • The recent developments in social impact investing and innovative financing solutions across the EU,
  • The role of the EU and the ESF in social financing today and tomorrow,
  • How the effect of financial instruments on the development of social policies is perceived,
  • The opportunities provided by ESF financial instruments for EU Member States and regions,
  • Importance of microfinance in promoting self-employment and entrepreneurship,
  • How social entrepreneurship and social inclusion can be supported,
  • The support options available to Member States and managing authorities and on further support available from cooperation between the European Commission and European Investment Bank Group (EIB Group) for social inclusion and social impact.

Participants will hear concrete examples of the design and implementation of financial instruments and other financing solutions. They will also learn from experiences of the private sector as well as the EIB Group in realising investments on the ground.

This conference follows the first fi-compass conference dedicated to ESF financial instruments that took place in Brussels (2016). We warmly invite all stakeholders involved or planning to become involved in the implementation of ESF financial instruments in the 2014-2020 programming period to participate in this must-attend event.


The deadline for registration is Friday, 2 March 2018.

Please register for this event using the button below.

Thu, Mar 8, 2018 to Fri, Mar 9, 2018
Renaissance Brussels Hotel, Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
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. 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 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.