Supporting education and learning with financial instruments


19 October 2022
About the event

Stakeholders from managing authorities or involved in financial instruments under the European Social Fund (ESF/ESF+) attended the fi-compass event ‘Supporting education and learning with financial instruments’ on 19 October 2022, organised by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL) and the European Investment Bank (EIB).

The event provided an overview of the support made available to students, and learners at large, across the EU, and the potential role of the ESF+ and of InvestEU in the education and learning area.

Brigitte Fellahi-Brognaux, Head of Unit at DG EMPL, opened the conference underlining the ambition of the Commission to see even more resources dedicated to financial instruments: ‘Today, we increasingly see skills mismatch in many economic sectors. Therefore, focusing on skills is crucial to fill the gap in the labour market. The European Commission set an ambitious target by 2030: 60% adults participating in training every year. Among other tools, financial instruments can contribute to reach such target’.

Examples of relevant ESF-backed financial instruments from a number of Member States were presented, showing encouraging results on how education and skills are indispensable to improve equality and inclusion.


pdf presentation      pdf audio      pdf video      pdf case study

The audio in the video files is in original language of the speakers. The English interpretation is available as audio files.

Title Speakers
Financial instruments under the ESF: State of play as of end 2021

Andrea Da Pozzo, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

Social investment and skills policy window – InvestEU

Evdokia Agalianou, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

Financial instruments for education and learning: Main takeaways

Eugenio Saba, European Investment Bank

Financing education and learning – considerations from practitioners

Marco Ratti, Intesa Sanpaolo

FI funded by ESF – Further Studies Made Affordable (FSMA & FSMA+)

Jonathan Vassallo, Ministry for the Economy, European Funds and Lands, Malta

Silvio Attard, Malta Development Bank

EFSI and InvestEU support for education and learning

Laoura Ntziourou, Mandate Management, European Investment Fund

Event pictures
Ms Brigitte Fellahi-Brognaux
Event overview
Mr Andrea Da Pozzo