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services on financial instruments under the
fi-compass is a unique platform for advisory
for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI).
European Structural and Investment Funds
(ESIF) and microfinance under the Programme
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be an important tool for boosting EU agriculture.
Investments, in a variety of forms, will help create a modern, dynamic agri-food
sector to create jobs and enhance growth in the EU. Financial Instruments will
Financial instruments using the European Social Fund
can support a wide range of financially viable
investment projects
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The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) - consisting of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF), the Cohesion Fund (CF), the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) - can be used to support development in a comprehensive way by investing for instance in businesses, research and development, infrastructure, employment and training, agriculture, forestry and fisheries development, with the overall objective to improve the quality of life of EU citizens.

Member States and regions can use financial instruments as an efficient and sustainable way of providing support targeted at the priorities of a programme co-funded by ESIF. Financial instruments are suitable for financially viable projects, i.e. those which are expected to generate enough income or savings to pay back the support received.

fi-compass Multi-Region Assistance (MRA) will provide EU funding to co-operation projects of at least two managing authorities from different EU Member States which aim at assessing the possible use of ESIF financial instruments in specific thematic areas of common interest.

On the basis of call for proposals to be launched by the European Commission, MRA is meant to be initiated by managing authorities from two regions in different Member States.  Supported activities will relate to the assessment of possible use of financial instruments (FIs) targeting investment priorities that are shared by the regions. The aim is to facilitate a broader use of FIs both in terms of ESIF funding to be invested and their geographical or thematic scope, as well as to incentivise cooperation between regions from different Member States, exchange of practices and mutual learning.

MRA 2014 - 2020

  • Multi-region assistance: the rationale and what to expect, Stefan Appel, ECpdf

  • EU grants; Rules and Principles, Symela Tsakiri, ECpdf

  • How to understand a call for proposals and key provisions of a grant agreement , Bogna Filipiuk-Olteanu, EC, pdf

Information Session on Multi Region Assistance

An information session took place in Brussels on 26 May to inform potential beneficiaries of multi-region assistance and stimulate their application.

All the information concerning the session as well as the various supporting documents, including presentations, are availabe here on the InfoRegio website.

Upcoming Events

05 Jun

'Fourth annual EU conference on EAFRD financial instruments for agriculture and rural development in 2014-2020'
More information will be available in early 2018.


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12 Dec

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08 Dec

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