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Milestones

April 2017
06.04.2017 Support from Interreg Europe for projects related to financial instruments
Interreg Europe funding is available for local, regional and national public authorities throughout Europe to develop and deliver better policy by sharing solutions with each other. Two Interreg Europe projects concern microfinance and energy efficiency financial instruments. These, like all Interreg Europe projects, involve policy organisations from at least three different countries in Europe working together for three to five years. A new funding call from Interreg Europe is now open...
March 2017
06.03.2017 European microfinance institutions start to be certified under the European Code of Good Conduct
Microfinance institutions (MFIs) have started to receive certification for compliance with the European Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Provision (referred to as 'the Code'). The first of these was the Dutch MFI Qredits and new announcements are set to follow soon about additional MFI certifications. Elwin Groenevelt, the General Director of Qredits stated that: “Qredits is proud to be the first European microfinance institution to receive the certificate for compliance with the...
December 2016
21.12.2016 Outreach services from fi-compass: Social Platform and European Microfinance Network seminars
Outreach services from fi-compass include our experts participating at external events to present information about financial instruments that use the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).  Recent examples of these outreach services includes fi-compass contributions during the Committee of the Regions' European Week of Regions and Cities and Mass Open Online Course (MOOC) about the EU budget and funding for regions and cities. European Social Fund (ESF) stakeholders have also...
October 2016
19.10.2016 Targeted coaching services for Rural Development Programmes by fi-compass
Financial instruments using the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) represent useful opportunities to enhance the range of financial services that are available for Europe's agriculture, agri-food sector and the rural economy. Fi-compass is providing targeted coaching services for EAFRD managing authorities to help facilitate this process. Targeted coaching, which was launched in February 2016, is a new service from fi-compass and it has been introduced to help build...
01.10.2016 New fi-compass case studies available soon
A number of new case studies will soon be published by fi-compass. These include information and experiences from financial instruments using the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF). Practical information explaining the instruments' funding arrangements are featured in the case studies as well as personal perspectives from people involved with their management. Belgium's INNODEM2 loan fund is one of these case studies and the new fi-compass...
March 2016
17.03.2016 Estonia launches new rural development loan funds
    Europe's first EAFRD financial instrument in 2014-2020 has now been launched by Estonia's Ministry of Rural Affairs. Estonia, after completing the legally required ex-ante assessment, has given a green light for two Loan products of total volume of EUR 30.1 million under its Rural Development Programme for 2014-2020. The first Loan scheme targets micro- and small enterprises and provides direct lending of amounts between EUR 5000 to EUR 100 000 for up to five...
January 2016
12.01.2016 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...
December 2015
10.12.2015 European microcredit providers gain from practical fi-compass support
Known in the previous programming period as Joint Action to Support Microfinance Institutions in Europe (JASMINE), EaSI Technical Assistance involves a range of support activities for European microcredit providers. Now accessible under the umbrella of fi-compass EaSI Technical Assistance will help build up the institutional capacity of microcredit providers thanks to various forms of assistance including business development tools for the wider European microcredit sector. EaSI...
10.12.2015 fi-compass stakeholders confirm the added value of financial instrument advisory services
A recently completed needs assessment of fi-compass users has clarified the benefits from our practical advice about ESIF financial instruments for managing authorities, financial intermediaries, and other interested parties. A combination of 437 online survey results and 103 in-depth interviews throughout Europe confirmed strong support for the suite of fi-compass advisory services, and this provides a clear client-led steer for the direction of our future work programme. Overall, the main...
10.12.2015 fi-compass seminars underway and warmly welcomed
Since September we have run 14 successful fi-compass seminars in 12 different Member States and our seminar series continues in 2016 with a further 17 events in the pipeline. A full list of proposed future seminars is available on our website’s event calendar and you can see information about events that are already open for registration here. They include forthcoming fi-compass sessions in Portugal, Slovenia, The Netherlands, Cyprus, Malta, UK, and Germany. Information about all of the 2015...
October 2015
14.10.2015 1st European Microfinance Day - 20 October
The European Microfinance Day will be opened by Commissioner Thyssen on 19 October. Read more
14.10.2015 European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development
Riga will be the venue for a fi-compass regional seminar about EAFRD financial instruments for agriculture and rural development on 29 October.
14.10.2015 European Social Fund
fi-compass seminars on ESF financial instruments will take place in Rome on 21 October and Warsaw on 4 November. A fi-compass conference on ESF financial instruments will take place in Brussels on 9 December 2015. Microfinance and the ESF will be the topic of a fi-compass event in Brussels on 10 December 2015.
14.10.2015 Member State seminars
Don’t miss the fi-compass seminars on financial instruments delivering ESI Funds in Rome, Riga, Prague, Madrid, Zagreb and Athens. Calendar and registrations here
July 2015
16.07.2015 Three regional events further increase awareness of FIs under ERDF and CF
A series of three fi-compass seminars with the same agenda took place on 27 May in Brussels, 2 June in Vienna and 9 June in Warsaw. The aim of these seminars was to help participants understand how Financial Instruments can support ESIF 2014-2020 objectives, in particular under the ERDF and the Cohesion Fund. The Brussels seminar opened with a statement by Rudolf Niessler, Director, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission, on the rationale for using Financial Instruments to...
June 2015
04.06.2015 fi-compass seminars share lessons learned from regional initiatives on using financial instruments
The first two in a series of three identical fi-compass seminars took place on 27 May in Brussels and 2 June in Vienna. The aim of these seminars is to help participants understand how financial instruments can support ESIF 2014-2020 objectives, in particular under the ERDF and the Cohesion Fund.           The Brussels seminar opened with a statement by Rudolf Niessler, Director, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission, on the...
May 2015
04.05.2015 Register for Dublin EAFRD Conference
Registration is now open for first European fi-compass Conference on Financial Instruments under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The Conference will take place in Dublin on 23 and 24 June 2015. Participants can expect to further their understanding of how financial instruments can help in their efforts to deliver EAFRD objectives. They will also learn how new initiatives, including fi-compass and also EC-EIB co-operation in Agriculture and Rural Development, can support...
April 2015
29.04.2015 Multi-region assistance
fi-compass multi-region assistance will provide EU funding to projects of at least two managing authorities from different EU Member States which aim at assessing possible use of ESIF financial instruments in specific thematic areas, such as Roma inclusion or in the context of Macro-Regional Strategies. The multi-region assistance will give a unique opportunity to managing authorities from different EU Member States to cooperate with each other as well as to benefit from the expertise of...
21.04.2015 AGRI conference Dublin June
The first European fi-compass conference on financial instruments under the EAFRD will take place in Dublin, 23-24th June, 2015. The conference will be open by statements from Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development and Wilhelm Molterer, Vice President of the EIB. The event targets EAFRD Managing Authorities, farm and business associations, bodies implementing or considering implementing financial instruments in agriculture and rural businesses, financial intermediaries,...
21.04.2015 EaSI microfinance advice - Call for identification of beneficiaries
Under fi-compass, selected European microfinance providers can benefit from an institutional assessment or rating, to be followed by tailored trainings to increase the quality of their internal processes. The EIB has launched its first Call for Expression of Interest to identify and select up to 30 European microcredit providers which will benefit from EaSI Technical Assistance starting in 2015. If you are a microcredit provider and you wish to apply to EaSI Technical Assistance, you should...
21.04.2015 ERDF/CF regional seminars will take place in May and June 2015
Three fi-compass seminars on financial instruments under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF) are being organised in Brussels (27 May 2015), Vienna (02 June 2015) and Warsaw (09 June 2015). Participants can expect to further their understanding of how financial instruments can help in their efforts to deliver ESIF 2014-2020 objectives, in particular in relation to the ERDF and the CF. Case studies on financial instrument solutions developed by regions and...
21.04.2015 Other events
 Information regarding new events will be published as they are announced, so please make sure you check the calendar on the fi-compass website regularly.
21.04.2015 SME workshop
INFO | The Commission organised in Brussels (in the premises of the Committee of the Regions) on 23 April 2015 – in cooperation with the Spanish and Maltese authorities as well as EIB and EIF – a workshop on the SME Initiative: in an operational and working level context, Member States were able to learn more about it and understand its main advantages, but also to discuss concrete implementation-related arrangements etc.