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Flagship fi-compass events will focus on the European Social Fund

One of the year’s biggest gatherings of people involved in using financial instruments for the European Social Fund (ESF) will take place next month in Brussels. Two days of back-to-back advisory events will take place on February 2nd and February 3rd. Each of these free-of-charge events will bring together a useful mix of different experiences from around the EU in using ESF financial instruments.

The flagship fi-compass Conference has been organised to increase awareness about the current state-of-play with using ESF co-finance for supporting loans, guarantees and equity at national and regional levels. A workshop will then take place the next day in the same venue. It is to concentrate in more detail on microfinance and financial instruments supporting entrepreneurs with small-scale investment needs.

Advice and information about good practice approaches for these types of ESF financial instruments will be provided throughout the two days using plenary and discussion sessions. Other useful exchanges are planned to explore options and opportunities for helping Member States to increase the range of benefits available from the different types of ESF financial instruments.

Participants can register separately for each of the free-of-charge events using the fi-compass website. Places are limited so please register early.

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