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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the ESF?

The ESF is Europe’s main instrument for supporting jobs, helping people get better jobs and ensuring fairer job opportunities for all EU citizens. It works by investing in Europe’s human capital... more

Are all learning offers targeted to all stakeholders?

No. Every offer has a specific target group clearly explained in the description available from fi-compass learning page. Please check it carefully.

How do I know if the training I registered for will meet my needs?

Every training has a specific content focus clearly explained in the description available from fi-compass learning home page. Please check it carefully.

If I register, can I participate directly to an event or do I need to receive a confirmation first?

You will receive a confirmation after having registered and only that confirmation will allow you to participate in the event.

Can I republish information from publications of fi-compass?

Except where otherwise stated, re-use, downloading, reproduction and distribution in whatever form and by whatever medium (including Internet) for whole or part for personal use or for further non... more

How can I subscribe to Publications of fi-compass?

You may subscribe to hear about new publications in a number of ways. You can register to receive news using RSS feeds. And if you register with the fi-compass service you can... more

What is a Case Study?

Case studies showcase examples of good practice. A good practice is a method, a technique, a project or an initiative that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other... more

What is a Factsheet?

Factsheets provide information specific to an issue/policy in a quick and efficient manner. Factsheets aim to be clear, concise, reliable and easy to read. Each factsheet builds on official EU... more

What is the ESIF?

EU Member States can use the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) to support development in a comprehensive way by investing for instance in businesses, research and development,... more

What is ERDF?

The (European Regional Development Fund) ERDF aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion in the European Union by correcting imbalances between its regions. It focuses its investments on... more

What is the EMFF?

The European Maritime and... more

What is the EAFRD?

The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), which is the funding instrument of the second Pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union and one of the European... more

What are the 11 thematic objectives, with which each FI must be compliant?

Objectives supported by each ESI Fund, covering  Europe 2020 priorities for Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth (see Article 9 of the CPR):

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What is EaSI Technical Assistance?

With the objective to... more

What is EaSI?

The Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme is a financing instrument at EU level to promote a high level of quality and sustainable employment, guaranteeing adequate and decent social... more

What is meant by Multi-Region Assistance?

Multi-Region Assistance (“MRA”) comprises advisory services and guidance that is in principle applicable to at least two Member States and types of Financial Instruments.

What is meant by Horizontal Assistance?

Horizontal Assistance (“HA”) comprises advisory services and guidance that is in principle applicable to all Member States and types of Financial Instruments.

What is fi-compass?

fi-compass is a platform for advisory services on financial instruments under the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and microfinance under the Programme for Employment and Social... more

What is a handbook?

Handbooks are concise manuals or references book providing specific ‘how to’ information or instruction to address the needs of the Member States.  They aim to help Member States to better... more