Financial intermediaries and ESIF financial instruments – Working with managing authorities on loan and guarantee instruments, 25-26 June 2018, Brussels


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  • Location: Brussels
  • Address: Hotel Sofitel Brussels Europe, Place Jourdan 1, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
  • Type: Public Event
  • Registration required: Yes

Background of the event

Debt instruments such as loan and guarantee schemes are used by the Member States and regions as the delivery mechanisms for European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) in the 2014-2020 programming period. By the end of 2016 more than EUR 10bn had been invested into financial instruments in a number of sectors including ‘research, development and innovation’ (RDI), SMEs and energy efficiency.

Financial intermediaries, including national promotional banks and institutions (NPBIs) and private sector financial institutions providing credit and guarantee products, play an important role in the implementation of such instruments across the EU. Their active involvement in debt instruments contributes to the achievement of the Member States’ investment priorities and thematic objectives outlined in the Operational Programme (OPs).

To achieve the goal of deploying instruments that meet the demand for access to finance for final recipients, a strong collaboration between the financial intermediaries and the managing authorities is necessary at all stages of the design and implementation of such instruments.

This 1.5-day event will bring together financial intermediaries, NPBIs, managing authorities and other stakeholders to share their practical experiences in implementing ESIF financial instruments, with a focus on:

  • the role of NPBs in implementation of debt instruments in 2014-2020,
  • the state of play in implementing ESIF financial instruments,
  • practical challenges of implementing financial instruments supporting three different Thematic Objectives (TO):

           -  TO 1: Strengthening research, technological development and innovation
           -  TO 3: Enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) 
           -  TO 4: Supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors

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