Articles on how financial instruments are being implemented on the ground

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.

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 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.

United Kingdom
Accessible geothermal energy thanks to ESIF financing
3 September 2022
Accessible geothermal energy thanks to ESIF financing

How do we replace fossil fuels? That is the big question. While intermittent renewables like solar and wind, when paired with batteries, are a popular fossil fuel alternative, the energy from the Earth's super-heated core is still largely untapped.

Construction work
26 August 2022
AL VIA – an ESIF guarantee instrument for smart SMEs in Lombardy

Founded in 2017, the Italian region of Lombardy’s AL VIA programme has taken important steps to help revive the regional economy in the wake of the financial crisis.

The CIDAS Residence Service in Ferrara
15 August 2022
ERDF financial instruments help Italian social cooperative cut bills

Support from an ERDF financial instrument has helped an Italian social cooperative in Emilia-Romagna cut its heating bills by 25% in a year, allowing it to spend more energy on people.

Grapes from a family vineyard in Greece
07 July 2022
EAFRD Guarantee Fund: a helping hand for Greek farmers

Thanks to an EAFRD Guarantee loan, Jason Ligas, a young wine producer based in Pella-Giannitsa, Northern Greece, could kick start his permaculture project and strengthen existing family vineyards.

The Greek EAFRD Guarantee Fund 2014-2020 set up with EUR 80 million from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and EUR 20 million from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI, Juncker Plan), has already helped hundreds of farmers in Greece to implement green projects while modernising their farms.