Stories

Articles on how financial instruments are being implemented on the ground

Croatia (map)
25 January 2023
HBOR: ESIF Growth and Development Loans

This fi-compass Showcase 2023 submission tells the story of how Inginspekt-Opatija, a company offering a wide range of services in the safety sector, was able to finance the creation of a water testing laboratory to assess and control the quality of drinking and wastewater thanks to an ESIF Growth and Development Loan set up by the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) and co-financed by the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).

ERDF/CF
Croatia
Lithuania
25 January 2023
VIPA: Renovation is the new Lithuanian fashion

Through the ERDF-powered multi-apartment buildings modernisation fund, the Lithuanian Public Investment Development Agency (VIPA) was able to finance the renovation of 800 multi-apartment buildings since 2015, making them more sustainable and energy efficient.

ERDF/CF
Lithuania
Participants at a fi-compass event.
12 January 2023
FI Campus 2023 – Financial instruments in changing times

The fi-compass team is happy to invite you to its first fully in person FI-Campus event since the pandemic. The 2023 edition will take place in Brussels from Monday, 13 March until Wednesday, 15 March 2023 and shed light on the opportunities offered by financial instruments as EU citizens and businesses face challenging economic times ahead.

All funds
All EU
inside the new processing facility.
25 December 2022
United for success thanks to an EMFF financial instrument loan

Thanks to two loans backed by the 2014-2020 European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Financial Instrument, three former competitors in the Baltic fishing and fish processing industry have joined forces and invested in a modern plant that gives fish remains a second life.

EMFF/EMFAF
Poland
Man working on a machine
20 December 2022
Huras: a rising star in challenging times

Thanks to a loan granted by BNP Paribas, under the ERDF co-financed Biznesmax guarantee, Huras, a globally active family-owned company manufacturing machinery and specialised equipment in Poland, was able to develop and grow – even during challenging times.

ERDF/CF
Poland
Hands holding a green liquid
12 December 2022
Spiripau: from flowers to algae

With the financial backing of a Friuli-Venezia Giulia EAFRD financial instrument loan, the Paulitti family were able to turn their floriculture company into a successful organic spirulina business.

EAFRD
Italy
showcase_teaser_image
10 December 2023
Let’s get this show on the road!

After a brief hiatus, the fi-compass team is happy to announce the return of the Showcase Award 2023! Could you be the winner waiting in the wings to raise the Showcase trophy high at our upcoming FI Campus event?

All funds
All EU
Streets of London
2 December 2022
MEEF helps black cabs convert to electric

Thanks to the Mayor of London’s Energy Efficiency Fund (‘MEEF‘), which uses European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) financial instruments (FIs), Colts Cabs Limited (‘Colts’), London’s largest independent licensed taxi rental company, has benefitted from a multi-million Euro loan to fund 30 electric black cabs through an innovative and flexible pay-per-mile mechanism.

ERDF/CF
United Kingdom