fi-compass news

March 2020
31.03.2020
State aid Temporary Framework adopted
The European Commission has adopted legislation to introduce a temporary framework to enable Member States to use the full flexibility ... Read the full story
30.03.2020
Gap analysis of SME financing – new fi-compass report published
A new report has been published on the fi-compass website, which presents an analysis of the financing gaps and market failures relating to ... Read the full story
19.03.2020
European Commission’s updated annotated reporting template for financial instruments published on fi-compass
All managing authorities using European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) are required by Article 46 of the Common Provisions ... Read the full story
11.03.2020
RegioStars Awards 2020 launched: submit your successful ESIF financial instrument projects to the competition
The RegioStars Awards 2020 have been launched by the European Commission. Applications are invited from EU funded projects which ... Read the full story
February 2020
21.02.2020
EC audit methodology for financial instruments 2014-2020
The European Commission’s ‘Audit methodology for auditing financial instruments 2014-2020’ is available here on the fi-compass website. ... Read the full story
11.02.2020
Annual summary of data on the use of ESIF financial instruments as at 2018 published by the European Commission
The European Commission has published its annual report summarising data on the use of ESIF financial instruments for the period ending ... Read the full story
January 2020
20.01.2020
Supporting the development of Social Finance Ecosystems in Member States under ESF
The fi-compass factsheet ‘Supporting the development of Social Finance Ecosystems in Member States under ESF – Lessons learned from ... Read the full story
December 2019
18.12.2019
New fi-compass case study – IFRRU 2020
The IFRRU 2020 ESIF financial instrument for urban development and energy efficiency features in the latest fi-compass case study. ... Read the full story
18.12.2019
New ESPON report published on financial instruments and territorial cohesion
The ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme has recently finalised an applied research project on financial instruments. The ESPON European ... Read the full story
18.12.2019
New financial instruments for ESF - Crowdfunding
The European Commission's Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion (DG EMPL) and the European Investment Bank ... Read the full story
18.12.2019
Equity financial instruments supporting innovation in La Réunion, France
The ESSOR PME financial instrument featured at FI Campus 2019, has helped support the innovative local business, Datarocks. Set up in 2014 ... Read the full story
18.12.2019
Growing interest in EAFRD financial instruments
Financial instruments have become an integral part of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) tool box over the last ... Read the full story
18.12.2019
FI Campus 2019 – Looking ahead to 2021 and beyond
FI Campus 2019, the flagship event of fi-compass, took place on 4 and 5 December 2019 in Brussels. The event which took place for the third ... Read the full story
18.12.2019
The fi-compass Showcase Award 2019: celebrating the impact of financial instruments
For the first time this year, to celebrate the success of all practitioners working with ESIF financial instruments, ten stories that had ... Read the full story
18.12.2019
Matooma: a European success story backed by an ERDF financial instrument
Frédéric Salles, a 43-year-old Montpellier entrepreneur, is at the head of Matooma, a M2M service company that provides multi-operator ... Read the full story
November 2019
28.11.2019
fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission – watch a video story from Bulgaria: three urban development projects
This fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission is a video story ... Read the full story
28.11.2019
fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission – watch a video story from West Pomerania, Poland: Old Slaughterhouse
This fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission is a video story about the Old Slaughterhouse – a historical building situated in the Łasztownia ... Read the full story
28.11.2019
fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission – watch a video story from Romania: Smart Bill
This fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission is a video story about Smart Bill, an invoicing and inventory management software company from ... Read the full story
22.11.2019
fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission – watch a video story from the Slovak Investment Holding
This ‘fi-compass Showcase 2019’ submission is a video story how four innovative Slovak companies were able to grow and expand thanks to ... Read the full story
15.11.2019
Survey on financial instruments under the European Social Fund (ESF): Final report is online
Published on 15 November 2019. The results of the fi-compass Survey on financial instruments under the European Social Fund (ESF ... Read the full story
07.11.2019
fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission – watch a video story from the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy: Metalcontrol
This ‘fi-compass Showcase 2019’ submission is a video story about Metalcontrol, a small mechanic company from Poviglio, Reggio Emilia in ... Read the full story
07.11.2019
fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission – watch a video story from the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy: CIDAS
This ‘fi-compass Showcase 2019’ submission is a video story about CIDAS, a social cooperative operative in four regions in Italy. The ... Read the full story
06.11.2019
fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission – watch a video story from Italy: Gomedia Satcom
This ‘fi-compass Showcase 2019’ submission is a video story about Gomedia Satcom, an innovative start-up company founded in 2016 ... Read the full story
06.11.2019
fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission – watch a video story from Croatia: Termostroj
This ‘fi-compass Showcase 2019’ submission is a video story from Croatia about the family-owned company Termostroj, founded 30 years ago ... Read the full story
06.11.2019
fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission – watch a video story from Croatia: Denona
This ‘fi-compass Showcase 2019’ submission is a video story from Croatia about the family-owned printing house Denona, which is ... Read the full story
06.11.2019
fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission – read about how 5 SMEs in Croatia benefitted from HAMAG-BICRO’s ESIF co-financed small loans and micro loans
This ‘fi-compass Showcase 2019’ submission consists of stories about 5 small businesses in Croatia that benefited from small loans and ... Read the full story
04.11.2019
fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission – watch a video story from Spain: ‘Pukas Surf’
  This ‘fi-compass Showcase 2019’ submission is a video story about Pukas Surf, a small ... Read the full story
October 2019
25.10.2019
fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission – watch a video story from the Czech Republic: ‘SWN Moravia supported by ČMZRB’s Energy Savings programme’
This ‘fi-compass Showcase 2019’ submission is a video story about SWN Moravia, a company producing staircases and railings from the Czech ... Read the full story
25.10.2019
fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission – Watch a video story from Greece: ‘EquiFund’
This ‘fi-compass Showcase 2019’ submission includes a video story and a brochure about EquiFund. EquiFund is a fund of funds programme ... Read the full story
22.10.2019
fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission – watch a video story from the Czech Republic: ‘Vranov Beach Holiday Park’
This ‘fi-compass Showcase 2019’ submission is a video story about Vranov Beach Holiday Park, a final recipient of a loan from the Expansion ... Read the full story
September 2019
30.09.2019
A new DG AGRI-EIB initiative in support of rural infrastructure investment and smart villages development
A new initiative of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) and the European ... Read the full story
30.09.2019
The fi-compass MRA-IFISE project: creating social impact through ESIF financial instruments
IFISE is the short title of the ‘Innovative Financial Instruments in support of the Social Economy’, a fi-compass Multi-region assistance ( ... Read the full story
30.09.2019
FI Campus 2019 – Looking ahead to 2021 and beyond
FI Campus 2019, which will be held in Brussels on 4-5 December 2019, has been announced. This year’s theme for the flagship event of fi- ... Read the full story
30.09.2019
Follow fi-compass and stay up to date with the newest content on ESIF financial instruments
There is a new way to stay up to date with fi-compass content. Registered fi-compass users can now choose to follow content relating to one ... Read the full story
30.09.2019
The fi-compass Knowledge Hub – State aid
The first of a new type of fi-compass event, ‘the fi-compass Knowledge Hub’, took place on 19 June 2019. This initial pilot event ... Read the full story
30.09.2019
fi-compass Showcase to feature at FI Campus 2019
  This year’s FI Campus 2019 will feature a new award to celebrate the success of the promoters of financial instruments featured in the ... Read the full story
30.09.2019
Social innovation workshop held in Lisbon
Almost 100 participants took part in the fi-compass Thematic Workshop on social innovation and social entrepreneurship, which took ... Read the full story
30.09.2019
Financial instruments: a smarter use of EU resources
Jonathan Denness, who became the Head of the Financial Instruments and International Financial Institutions Relations Unit at the ... Read the full story
27.09.2019
MIUR – Investing in innovative companies in Southern Italy
A new video case study has been published on the fi-compass website that features the financial instrument to support Research, ... Read the full story
24.09.2019
fi-compass MRA RICE project on the potential for urban development financial instruments featured in DG REGIO’s Panorama Magazine
The fi-compass Multi-region assistance (MRA) project Revolving Instruments for Cities in Europe (RICE) is in the focus of an article in the ... Read the full story
17.09.2019
fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission – read the English language summary of the Report on ESIF financial instruments from Italy
This ‘fi-compass Showcase 2019’ submission is an English language summary of the second edition of the ‘Report on Financial ... Read the full story
09.09.2019
fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission – watch a video story from Northern Ireland: ‘Neurovalens’
This ‘fi-compass Showcase 2019’ submission is a video story about Neurovalens, a small company from Northern Ireland producing ... Read the full story
02.09.2019
fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission – watch a video story from Portugal: ‘IFRRU 2020’
This ‘fi-compass Showcase 2019’ submission is a video story about IFRRU 2020, a financial instrument aimed to support investments ... Read the full story
August 2019
26.08.2019
Have your say: State aid consultation on GBER and InvestEU
The European Commission (DG COMP) is currently consulting on its proposals to amend GBER to extend it to national funds, including EU ... Read the full story
07.08.2019
Fifth annual EU conference on EAFRD financial instruments for agriculture and rural development
July 2019
16.07.2019
Registrations open for the ESF thematic workshop on Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Lisbon, 10 September 2019
Registrations are now open for the ‘Thematic workshop on Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship’. The workshop, which is the next event of ... Read the full story
June 2019
25.06.2019
fi-compass Showcase 2019’ launched – share your story with fi-compass
We are very pleased to launch the ‘fi-compass Showcase 2019’. This campaign was announced for the first time in the headline Beacon ... Read the full story
14.06.2019
fi-compass DG MARE Survey featured in DG MARE Farnet newsletter
The fi-compass DG MARE survey is highlighted in the current edition of the Farnet newsletter. The survey seeks feedback from EMFF managing ... Read the full story
07.06.2019
Save the date – FI Campus 2019: 4-5 December 2019
We are pleased to announce the date of FI Campus 2019, the flagship event of fi-compass. The event, in its third edition, will ... Read the full story
06.06.2019
Extended deadline: 21 June 2019 - Survey on financial instruments under European Social Fund (ESF). Reflections at present and ideas for future
fi-compass, European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion together with the European ... Read the full story
04.06.2019
fi-compass points the way’ – interview with Jonathan Denness from DG REGIO about the importance of financial instruments and support available
Jonathan Denness, Head of the Financial Instruments and International Financial Institutions Relations Unit at the Commission’s Directorate ... Read the full story
May 2019
28.05.2019
Interview with Phil Hogan, European Commission and Andrew McDowell, European Investment Bank
28.05.2019
Final conference announced for MRA-IFISE project on ESIF financial instruments in support of the social economy
The IFISE (Innovative Financial Instruments in support of the Social Economy) project, has announced its final conference to be held on 11 ... Read the full story
27.05.2019
fi-compass workshop supports financial instruments in the Czech Republic and in Slovakia
The fi-compass workshop ‘Implementation of financial instruments in the Czech Republic and in Slovakia’ was held on 21 and 22 May 2019 in ... Read the full story
20.05.2019
New fi-compass case study features Energy Efficiency in Greece
The new fi-compass case study features the financial instrument developed to support the Energy Savings in Existing Housing Programme in ... Read the full story
10.05.2019
EUR 1 billion for Europe’s next generation of farmers
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Commission have launched a EUR 1 billion loans package for agriculture and the ... Read the full story
April 2019
29.04.2019
Have your say: State aid consultation launched
The European Commission (DG COMP) have recently launched two new public consultations on the State aid rules. The consultation is part of a ... Read the full story
09.04.2019
ESF update – New survey planned for ESF practitioners
The ESF work stream of fi-compass features a number of new activities in 2019. To help develop future fi-compass actions, both in the short ... Read the full story
09.04.2019
New fi-compass resources on ERDF financial instruments
The start of 2019 has seen a number of new resources for ERDF practitioners published on the fi-compass website. The event page for FI ... Read the full story
09.04.2019
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 ... Read the full story
09.04.2019
FI Campus 2018 videos are now online
Video testimony from speakers at the FI Campus 2018 event is now available on the fi-compass website. The interviews, which are ... Read the full story
09.04.2019
The fi-compass Country Data Pages – Showcasing your ESIF financial instruments
fi-compass stakeholders now have a new tool to share and explore information about ESIF financial instruments in each Member State, the fi- ... Read the full story
09.04.2019
Looking for inspirational fi-compass video case studies?
The fi-compass website showcases an increasing library of video case studies and interviews highlighting multiple ways that managing ... Read the full story
09.04.2019
Encouraging investments in rural Europe
Financial instruments for young farmers, rural infrastructure and other agri-food investments are among some of the hot topics being ... Read the full story
09.04.2019
Nouvelle-Aquitaine: Cheaper and easier loans to help farmers transition to sustainable agriculture
Nouvelle-Aquitaine has a new ESIF financial instrument that was launched in November 2018 named Alter’NA (Alternative en Nouvelle-Aquitaine ... Read the full story
09.04.2019
DG MARE launches a new survey to explore the potential use of EMFF financial instruments post-2020
The European Commission, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) with the support of fi-compass are conducting a ... Read the full story
03.04.2019
The Multi-region assistance programme (MRA)
Discover the newly launched microsite dedicated to the Multi-region assistance (MRA)  programme under fi-compass. The aim? To facilitate a ... Read the full story
March 2019
11.03.2019
ESIF equity financial instruments for Invest Northern Ireland – new video case study published
A new fi-compass video case study has been published that shows how ESIF equity financial instruments are used to support SMEs in Northern ... Read the full story
06.03.2019
EC overview published about financial instruments related CPR changes following Omnibus
An information document has been prepared by the European Commission to provide an overview of the modifications concerning financial ... Read the full story
February 2019
26.02.2019
Tracking progress in ESIF financial instruments
The European Commission have published a new article featuring some of the key data recently published on the EC Open data platform. At the ... Read the full story
20.02.2019
The FIRECE project - fi-compass support for energy efficiency and renewable energy financial instruments
On 17-18th January 2019, fi-compass delivered a workshop for managing authorities and other stakeholders from the FIRECE project. This ... Read the full story
20.02.2019
ESIF financial instruments in Malta featured in Euronews
The SME Initiative which is implemented by the Bank of Valetta in Malta was the subject of a 2017 Business Planet report on the Euronews ... Read the full story
December 2018
12.12.2018
Equity investments for the European Structural and Investment Funds
Using European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) to stimulate business start-ups and growth was the focus of the fi-compass event ‘ ... Read the full story
11.12.2018
State aid survey findings
The results of the fi-compass State aid survey have been published on the fi-compass website. The survey aimed to gather ... Read the full story
11.12.2018
FI Campus 2018 ‘What next for ESIF financial instruments? Creating new opportunities under the Omnibus Regulation
The second annual FI Campus conference was successfully held in Brussels earlier this month (December 3-5). Over 360 practitioners from 24 ... Read the full story
11.12.2018
Festive footnote
The fi-compass team wishes all of our subscribers to the Beacon newsletter a very happy festive season and a successful 2019. We will ... Read the full story
11.12.2018
Flexible financial products for the agricultural sector in the EU
A recently completed fi-compass study about financial instruments for the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD ... Read the full story
11.12.2018
Multi-region assistance programme perspectives
The European Commission’s Multi-region assistance (MRA) programme was introduced to help Member States’ managing authorities to assess the ... Read the full story
11.12.2018
Business benefits from financial instruments
The newest videos published on the fi-compass website include testimonials about the use of ESIF equity financial instruments from ... Read the full story
11.12.2018
Advances with European Social Fund financial instruments
Three new fi-compass publications covering European Social Fund (ESF) topics are now available in our website’s library. These ... Read the full story
11.12.2018
New publications about ESIF financial instruments available
The use of financial instruments in Cohesion Policy reaches record high. Halfway through the 2014-2020 EU budget period, the amount of ... Read the full story
October 2018
02.10.2018
New look for the fi-compass website
www.fi-compass.eu was updated during the summer with a new look and new content. Our website’s revised design provides users with easier ... Read the full story
02.10.2018
Supporting venture capital investments in Sweden
The latest European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) case study from fi-compass describes the process involved with preparing an ex-ante ... Read the full story
02.10.2018
Advancing with fi-compass advisory services
Feedback from nearly 400 users of the fi-compass advisory services has helped the European Commission and European Investment Bank to focus ... Read the full story
02.10.2018
Supporting social investment: venture philanthropy perspectives
Opportunities exist for financial instruments to support social investment by working alongside venture philanthropy. This topic was ... Read the full story
02.10.2018
Omnibus regulation: simpler rules for use of EU funds adopted
The so-called Omnibus regulation is now in force as of 2 August. The Omnibus regulation will amend the existing Financial Regulation which ... Read the full story
02.10.2018
Public procurement guidance for financial instruments
Updated guidance by the European Commission about public procurement procedures applies to financial instruments that use the European ... Read the full story
02.10.2018
Showcasing financial instruments for the European Social Fund
Our advisory services for European Social Fund (ESF) stakeholders have already involved a number of events this year as well as the release ... Read the full story
02.10.2018
New knowledge sharing events from fi-compass
New knowledge sharing events are being organised by fi-compass for managing authorities of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF ... Read the full story
02.10.2018
Financial instruments for rural Europe
The fi-compass toolkit of advisory services for agricultural and rural development stakeholders continues to expand during 2018. ... Read the full story
01.10.2018
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We’d like to keep in touch, make sure you are subscribed to our newsletters! In order to strengthen our links with you, we are taking the ... Read the full story
June 2018
28.06.2018
New opportunities for rural development financial instruments in Europe
Simplified rules and a broader remit for financial instruments were among the key topics presented during our ‘Fourth annual EU conference ... Read the full story
December 2017
21.12.2017
Microfinance support for Portugal from fi-compass
Our fi-compass EaSI TA advisory services organised three workshops in Portugal during the Ethical and Solidarity Finance Forum ( ... Read the full story
18.12.2017
'FI Campus' attracts more than 300 participants
Our three day event entitled FI Campus was held in Brussels from Wednesday, 29 November to Friday, 1 December 2017. Its focus was on ... Read the full story
18.12.2017
Exploring the scope of European Social Fund financial instruments
October saw the fi-compass advisory services for European Social Fund (ESF) financial instruments focus on opportunities for ' ... Read the full story
18.12.2017
European Commission guidance published on implementation options for financial instruments
In the 2014-2020 legal framework, the managing authority of a financial instrument has the possibility to choose between several ... Read the full story
18.12.2017
Financial instrument opportunities for Finland
Finland was the location of the fi-compass event ‘ESIF financial instruments in the 2014-2020 programming period – Opportunities ... Read the full story
18.12.2017
Technical assistance for the EU's microfinance sector
Outcomes from the EaSI TA component of fi-compass have recently included capacity building workshops and the release of a new ... Read the full story
18.12.2017
Financial instruments as a delivery mechanism for European Structural and Investment Funds post 2020
A workshop about financial instruments was organised by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy - DG ... Read the full story
12.12.2017
Estonian success stories with financial instruments
Estonia holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union from July to December during 2017 and fi-compass has been ... Read the full story
08.12.2017
New video advice about financial instrument products
A new fi-compass video has just been released to help raise awareness about the main types of financial instruments (e.g. loans, ... Read the full story
08.12.2017
Lithuanian financial instrument invests in energy efficiency for buildings
Lithuania's financial instrument promoting energy efficiency in apartment buildings has been featured as an interesting case study at ... Read the full story
November 2017
23.11.2017
Financing investment guarantees for the agri‑food sector in southern France
A new agricultural case study has been published by fi-compass that describes a French financial instrument from the Occitanie/ ... Read the full story
23.11.2017
Advancing with financial instruments for agriculture and rural development
Over 200 delegates from 25 Member States gathered in Paris on 10 October for the third high-level annual fi‑compass conference on ... Read the full story
17.11.2017
New loans and equity investments for France’s La Réunion island
As part of our information sharing activity at fi-compass, we raise awareness about how different Member States and regions are ... Read the full story
13.11.2017
Closure performance data on the 2007-2013 financial engineering instruments
The European Commission has recently published its final 'Summary of data on the progress made in financing and implementing financial ... Read the full story
August 2017
09.08.2017
Dutch financial instrument promotes high-tech business innovation
A new fi-compass case study shows how a financial instrument from the Eastern Netherlands has used European Regional Development ... Read the full story
09.08.2017
Financial instruments workshop at 'The European Week of Regions and Cities'
In the framework of the European Week of Regions and Cities the European Commission's Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy is ... Read the full story
09.08.2017
Online advice about reporting requirements for financial instruments
Practical advice for managing authorities about financial instrument reporting requirements have been provided recently through a new type ... Read the full story
09.08.2017
Financial instruments for fisheries and aquaculture
Fisheries financial instruments will be given prominence during an EU conference in October that is considering the future of the European ... Read the full story
09.08.2017
Advance notice: 'FI Campus' flagship event from fi-compass
New learning opportunities about financial instruments using the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) are being planned by ... Read the full story
09.08.2017
Microcredit providers meet in Venice
Capacity building workshops for EU microcredit providers (MCPs) were organised in June by fi-compass using the European Commission ... Read the full story
09.08.2017
Agricultural Multi-Regional Guarantee Platform launched for Italian farmers
Italy is establishing an innovative 'Agricultural Multi-Regional Guarantee Platform (AMGP)' as a ground-breaking new financial instrument ... Read the full story
09.08.2017
Raising awareness about Europe's venture capital landscape
Venture capital can be defined as a subset of private equity that is co-invested with an entrepreneur to fund a business venture, normally ... Read the full story
09.08.2017
Investing in low carbon economies: Lessons from the London Green Fund
Our fi-compass publications library includes a case study from the London Green Fund (LGF). It explains how this financial ... Read the full story
09.08.2017
Rural development loans, guarantees and equity under the spotlight in Estonia
Estonia, currently holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU, hosted our sixth EAFRD fi-compass macro-regional conference on ... Read the full story
June 2017
01.06.2017
European Social Fund financial instruments supporting self-employment and entrepreneurship
Vienna saw the first thematic fi-compass workshop on European Social Fund (ESF) financial instruments supporting self-employment ... Read the full story
May 2017
30.05.2017
European Commission reporting template for financial instruments – online learning for managing authorities
All managing authorities using European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) are required by Article 46 of the Common Provisions ... Read the full story
16.05.2017
The EaSI Helpdesk on microfinance is live
The European Commission in the frame of its Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) Programme has launched a fully renovated Helpdesk, ... Read the full story
12.05.2017
Second Call for EaSI Technical Assistance to the European microcredit sector
The EaSI Technical Assistance (EaSI TA) is launching a second Call for Expression of Interest with the goal of identifying and selecting ... Read the full story
03.05.2017
Latest microfinance advisory news from EaSI TA
See the latest microfinance advisory news from EaSI TA, including success stories about the European Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit ... Read the full story
April 2017
06.04.2017
Action planning for financial instrument life cycles: new fi-compass advisory video
A newly released fi-compass video explains how to successfully plan financial instruments that use the European Structural and ... Read the full story
06.04.2017
New ex-ante assessments featured on fi-compass website
Member States and regions continue to advance with the set-up and implementation of financial instruments co-funded by the European ... Read the full story
06.04.2017
Perspectives from France’s CAP 3RI investment platform
Member States and regions can make use of financial instruments within 'investment platforms' that combine the European Regional ... Read the full story
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 ... Read the full story
06.04.2017
Presidency points of view from Malta
Malta currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union and fi-compass spoke to Maltese stakeholders about their ... Read the full story
06.04.2017
EAFRD managing authorities and rural development policy benefits from fi-compass
Implementing financial instruments requires specific knowledge. With the support of fi-compass, managing authorities of ... Read the full story
06.04.2017
fi-compass seminar showcases financial instruments supporting urban and rural business investments
On 14 March a fi-compass seminar took place in Brussels focused on financial instruments under Thematic Objective 3 (TO3) ‘ ... Read the full story
06.04.2017
New advisory services for European Social Fund financial instruments
The fi-compass European Social Fund (ESF) work stream has recently published new language versions of the handbook on using ESF ... Read the full story
March 2017
22.03.2017
Slovenian financial instrument offers integrated package of business support sources
Slovenia's experiences with a financial instrument that offered investment support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and ... Read the full story
10.03.2017
First fi-compass microfinance workshop in Serbia
Our first fi-compass EaSI TA workshop in Serbia will be held next week on 14 March 2017 in Belgrade. Organised with close ... Read the full story
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 ... Read the full story
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 ... Read the full story
21.12.2016
Towards a low carbon economy – support for Member States and regions
Learning resources provided by fi-compass are designed to help managing authorities and other stakeholders involved in ... Read the full story
21.12.2016
Helping Member States and regions to enhance the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises
In the 2014-2020 programming period, the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) are supporting 11 thematic objectives and ... Read the full story
21.12.2016
First data on implementation of 2014-2020 financial instruments published
The European Commission has published the first summaries of data on financial instruments in the 2014-2020 period. They provide first ... Read the full story
21.12.2016
New fi-compass case studies published
A collection of 13 new fi-compass publications have been released recently featuring case study information about loans, ... Read the full story
21.12.2016
Participant perspectives from the fi-compass ESF seminar in Rome
fi-compass organised a special advisory seminar for European Social Fund (ESF) managing authorities in Italy on 1 December 2016 ... Read the full story
09.12.2016
New EU investment initiative to boost financing for the rural economy
A new EU financing initiative for Europe's rural economy was launched in November at the 'Second EU fi-compass conference on EAFRD ... Read the full story
07.12.2016
Filling gaps in agricultural and rural finance: new animated film released by fi-compass
While many of Europe's Rural Development Programme (RDP) managing authorities are already exploring what financial instruments can bring ... Read the full story
02.12.2016
First EaSI TA workshop on EU Instruments for microfinance in Sofia, Bulgaria: November 10 2016
Our fi-compass support for EU microfinance stakeholders included organising a workshop in Bulgaria recently through the EU ... Read the full story
November 2016
30.11.2016
Improving credit conditions for Estonia's fisheries and aquaculture sector
Eduard Koitmaa from the Fisheries Economics Department at Estonia's Ministry of Rural Affairs was interviewed by fi-compass to ... Read the full story
17.11.2016
Cooperation brings high uptake of business loans in Extremadura
A new fi-compass case study features a Spanish financial instrument that was set up towards the end of the 2007-2013 period with ... Read the full story
08.11.2016
Workshop on EU instruments for microfinance in Sofia, Bulgaria
The Bulgarian association of credit cooperatives and microfinance organisations (BACCOM) together with fi-compass is organising the ... Read the full story
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 ... Read the full story
19.10.2016
EC annual summary of data reinforces the potential of financial instruments in implementing Cohesion Policy
By the end of 2015, a total of almost EUR 16.9 billion of 2007-2013 Operational Programme (OP) resources was paid to more than 1000 ... Read the full story
19.10.2016
Selection of bodies implementing financial instruments: fi-compass event series continues
A new round of knowledge sharing events is underway through fi-compass to help Member States and regions implement financial ... Read the full story
19.10.2016
New advisory services from fi-compass
The new 2016-2018 work programme has been launched by fi-compass. The new advisory services build on the achievements of the ... Read the full story
11.10.2016
Microfinance in action: a practitioner's perspective from France 
Helping Member States and their regions to advance with microfinance is an important part of fi-compass activity. This includes ... Read the full story
10.10.2016
New factsheet on Personal Loans published by fi-compass
A new fi-compass advisory publication explains how financial instruments can support Member State objectives for inclusion and ... Read the full story
07.10.2016
Two EaSI TA Workshops during the 3rd European Microfinance Forum, 19-21 October 2016, Rome
The 3rd European Microfinance Forum (3rd EMF) will provide public institutions, private sector operators and non-profit organisations with ... Read the full story
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 ... Read the full story
September 2016
08.09.2016
Nine new microcredit providers to benefit from fi-compass EaSI TA
Under the second Call for Technical Assistance from the Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI TA) Programme, which opened several months ... Read the full story
August 2016
31.08.2016
'Microfinance in the Cloud’ conference
More than 380 participants attended the Microfinance in the Cloud conference from over 40 countries in Europe and Central Asia. This ... Read the full story
25.08.2016
European microfinance in the spotlight
Microfinance expertise from fi-compass was involved in five knowledge sharing sessions at the European Microfinance Network (EMN ... Read the full story
02.08.2016
New EC guidance on selecting bodies to implement financial instruments
A new guidance note has been published by the European Commission about financial instruments using the European Structural & ... Read the full story
July 2016
19.07.2016
Success factors for agricultural guarantee funds: lessons from Lithuania
Member States’ real-life experiences of using financial instruments for rural development were explained as part of the fi-compass ... Read the full story
12.07.2016
New off-the-shelf financial instruments for business and urban development
The European Commission has adopted two new 'off-the-shelf' financial instruments for investments using the European Structural and ... Read the full story
04.07.2016
Social innovation perspectives from Portugal
Financial instruments can be used by Member States to support social policy objectives. Experience from Portugal highlights how such ... Read the full story
04.07.2016
Dutch experiences with revolving funds for fisheries
Financial instruments can be used to implement the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) including supporting sustainable ... Read the full story
04.07.2016
Rural development financial instruments showcased by fi-compass
Two macro-regional seminars were organised by fi-compass to raise awareness about opportunities for using financial instruments ... Read the full story
04.07.2016
New fi-compass handbook on ex-ante assessment for rural development financial instruments
A new fi-compass publication has been launched featuring advice about developing financial instruments for the European ... Read the full story
June 2016
28.06.2016
New factsheet on Social Entrepreneurship published by fi-compass
A new advisory publication has been released by fi-compass which explains the role that financial instruments for social ... Read the full story
21.06.2016
Entrepreneurship for disadvantaged groups fostered by fi-compass microfinance workshop
On 31 May 2016, the European Parliament together with the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) Technical Assistance (TA ... Read the full story
21.06.2016
Placing farmers at the crossroad of investment decisions
Picture: Aldo Longo, Director, DG Agriculture and Rural Development The advantages of financial instruments as a means for future ... Read the full story
21.06.2016
Recent developments with ESIF financial instruments
Financial instruments continue to be at the forefront of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) policy developments. A new ... Read the full story
14.06.2016
First ESI Fund financial instruments combined with EFSI
Previous news stories from fi-compass have highlighted the use of financial instruments from the European Structural and ... Read the full story
08.06.2016
fi-compass regional seminar promotes financial instruments for agriculture and rural development
Picture: Mihail Dumitru, Deputy Director-General, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission The potential for ... Read the full story
06.06.2016
Microfinance Centre Conference: ‘Microfinance in the Cloud’ - Tirana
The annual Microfinance Centre (MFC) Conference is a key international event for microfinance stakeholders and this year the MFC Conference ... Read the full story
03.06.2016
European Microfinance Network Annual Conference: ‘Shaping European Microfinance: Who, What, and For Whom?’
The European Microfinance Network (EMN) will hold its 13th Annual Conference in Warsaw (Poland) on the 16th and 17th June 2016. It is the ... Read the full story
May 2016
04.05.2016
Microcredit and guarantee instruments in Italy’s Marche region
Sharing knowledge and experience about financial instruments in action is a central part of the fi-compass remit. Such ... Read the full story
April 2016
26.04.2016
Financial instruments' potential for promoting energy efficiency
Financial instruments using the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) can support energy efficiency projects that are ... Read the full story
22.04.2016
Microcredit insights from Hungary
Small and micro-sized businesses form important parts of the Member States’ economies and fi-compass provides advice about ... Read the full story
20.04.2016
Member States seminar series: Cyprus
Picture: Georgia Christofidou, Directorate General for European Programmes, Coordination and Development, Cyprus Financial instruments ... Read the full story
15.04.2016
Financial instruments for agriculture and rural development
Financial instruments for agriculture and rural development will be the focus of two new macro-regional fi-compass seminars that ... Read the full story
14.04.2016
Financial instruments under the European Social Fund promoting Social Impact Investment
Member States can use the European Social Fund (ESF) to support financial instruments such as loans, guarantees or equity products. These ... Read the full story
12.04.2016
Local advice about financial instruments from the Enterprise Europe Network
Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) are among the most common group of final recipients for financial instruments using the European ... Read the full story
06.04.2016
New summary (in 23 languages) of guidelines on combining European Structural and Investment Funds with the European Fund for Strategic Investments
The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) – the heart of the Investment Plan for Europe - and European Structural and Investment ... Read the full story
05.04.2016
Member States seminar series: France
Picture: Florence Clermont-Brouillet, Department of European Affairs, CGET, France Financial instruments delivering ESI Funds were ... Read the full story
05.04.2016
New fi-compass case study focuses on business loans in Malta
The latest case study published by fi-compass presents a First Loss Portfolio Guarantee (FLPG) fund implemented in Malta from 2011 ... Read the full story
March 2016
29.03.2016
EU-wide research study sheds light on SME financing patterns
Fi-compass provides advisory services on financial instruments funded by European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). A key ... Read the full story
24.03.2016
Member States seminar series: Lithuania
Picture: Sigitas Mitkus, Ministry of Finance, Lithuania Financial instruments delivering ESI Funds were discussed at a seminar ... Read the full story
18.03.2016
Member States seminar series: Estonia
Picture: Kerstin Liiva, Ministry of Finance, Estonia On 15 March 2016, financial instruments delivering ESI Funds were discussed at a ... Read the full story
17.03.2016
fi-compass workshop supports the development of Greek microfinance
Microfinance and the social economy were discussed at a fi-compass EaSI TA workshop on 2 March in Athens.  The workshop built on ... Read the full story
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, ... Read the full story
17.03.2016
fi-compass events help to build knowhow in using financial instruments
The fi-compass seminar series is continuing to attract a wide range of participants who are interested in learning about financial ... Read the full story
17.03.2016
Promoting economically viable financial instruments for public infrastructure
European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) programmes can use financial instruments to develop public infrastructure projects that ... Read the full story
17.03.2016
Expanding the outreach of fi-compass online advisory services
A number of channels are used to raise awareness about the fi-compass advisory services and online communication continues to ... Read the full story
17.03.2016
Assessing the value added of loan funds in the agricultural sector - Interview with Szilvia Bencze on Hungary’s programming in 2014-2020
Szilvia Bencze works at the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture and she presented her managing authority’s experience with financial ... Read the full story
17.03.2016
Financial instruments for SMEs are a top priority for fi-compass stakeholders
As part of the ongoing actions to ensure that fi-compass remains aligned with stakeholders’ needs, a user survey was carried out ... Read the full story
17.03.2016
Fisheries support through financial instruments: latest fi-compass video focuses on the EMFF
Financial instruments for Europe’s fisheries sector are the focus of a new video released by fi-compass. It features perspectives ... Read the full story
17.03.2016
New Guidance note about interest and other gains generated by European Structural & Investment Funds support paid to financial instrument (Article 43 Common Provisions Regulation)
A new European Commission Guidance note has been published to clarify how Member States should deal with interest or other gains ... Read the full story
17.03.2016
Improving understanding about EU finance for business
Business support for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) remains a common focus for the Member States’ financial instruments. ... Read the full story
17.03.2016
Flagship fi-compass events spotlight opportunities for financial instruments in the European Social Fund
Two high level events were organised by fi-compass earlier this month to raise awareness about opportunities for financial ... Read the full story
17.03.2016
Targeted coaching on rural development financial instruments gets under way
Targeted coaching for the relevant Member State managing authorities on how best to use financial instrument possibilities available ... Read the full story
16.03.2016
Member States seminar series: Hungary
Picture: Tamás Karsai, Ministry of National Economy, Hungary On 10 March 2016, financial instruments delivering ESI Funds were ... Read the full story
15.03.2016
Member States seminar series: Poland
Picture: Marta Leśniak, Regional Operational Programmes Department, Ministry of Economic Development, Poland; Agata Matusiak, European ... Read the full story
01.03.2016
Member States seminar series: Germany
Picture: Ulrike Schreckenberger, Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany     Financial instruments delivering ESI Funds ... Read the full story
February 2016
24.02.2016
Member States seminar series: United Kingdom
Picture: Roger Evans, Deputy Mayor of London Financial instruments delivering ESI Funds were discussed at a seminar on 18 February in ... Read the full story
23.02.2016
Hungary and UK host fi-compass workshops for microcredit providers
Hungary and UK host fi-compass workshops for microcredit providers Two new workshops are being organised under the Employment and ... Read the full story
22.02.2016
New guidelines on combining European Structural and Investment Funds with the EFSI
The Juncker Commission’s top priority is to get Europe growing again and to increase the number of jobs without creating new debt. The ... Read the full story
19.02.2016
Promoting financial instruments to final recipients: Lithuania’s Entrepreneurship Promotion Fund
Capacity building through knowledge exchange is an important part of the fi-compass mandate. This includes identifying and ... Read the full story
12.02.2016
New fi-compass advice on microfinance instruments
Microfinance instruments can be useful for supporting microenterprises, unemployed workers, and citizens suffering from disadvantages. By ... Read the full story
12.02.2016
Microfinance under the European Social Fund (ESF)
Picture: Stefan De Keersmaecker, DG EMPL, European Commission On 3 February 2016, fi-compass organised a workshop on ... Read the full story
12.02.2016
Financial Instruments under the European Social Fund (ESF)
Picture: Andriana Sukova-Tosheva, Director, DG EMPL, European Commission On 2 February 2016, fi-compass organised a high ... Read the full story
11.02.2016
New fi-compass case study: developing the social economy in Poland
fi-compass has released a new case study about a financial instrument co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) that provides ... Read the full story
04.02.2016
Member States seminar series: The Netherlands
Picture: Norbert van den Hove, Deputy Director Entrepreneurship, Directorate-General for Enterprise and Innovation, Enterprise ... Read the full story
03.02.2016
Member States seminar series: Malta
Picture: Hon. Ian Borg, Parliamentary Secretary, EU Funds and the EU Presidency 2017, Malta On 25 January 2016, financial instruments ... Read the full story
03.02.2016
Member States seminar series: Slovenia
On 21 January 2016, financial instruments delivering ESI Funds were discussed at a seminar in Ljubljana, Slovenia. This seminar is part of ... Read the full story
January 2016
28.01.2016
Member States seminar series: Portugal
On the 18th of January 2016, financial instruments delivering ESI Funds were discussed at a seminar in Lisbon, Portugal. More than 130 ... Read the full story
26.01.2016
New advisory publications for the European Social Fund to be released next week
Financial instruments co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) can be used to invest in the growth and development of EU citizens and ... Read the full story
13.01.2016
Our ESIF factsheets are now available in selected EU languages
Our factsheets introducing financial instruments for the different European Structural and Investment Funds are now available in Bulgarian ... Read the full story
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 ... Read the full story
05.01.2016
Financial instruments can help many types of businesses in the maritime and fisheries sectors
A new fi-compass video snapshot features Miguel Peña Castellot from the European Commission’s DG MARE explaining that financial ... Read the full story
December 2015
10.12.2015
New European Commission guidance note on management costs and fees for financial instruments implemented according to Article 38(4)(b)
Financial instruments are a form of support whose success hinges on the performance of bodies implementing them. One of the decisive ... Read the full story
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 ... Read the full story
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 ... Read the full story
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 ... Read the full story
10.12.2015
The European Committee of the Regions’ opinion on financial instruments in support of territorial development
The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) has recently published a draft opinion about improving the implementation of financial ... Read the full story
10.12.2015
Personal perspectives from the fi-compass community of practice
Our collection of video 'snapshot' interviews featuring personal perspectives from people involved in ESIF financial instruments is growing ... Read the full story
10.12.2015
Second meeting of the fi-compass expert group
A second meeting of the fi-compass expert group composed of experts in personal capacity and representatives of International ... Read the full story
10.12.2015
Guarantees for Europe’s agriculture and rural development sector
Member States are being encouraged to more than double the amount of financial instruments that use the European Agricultural Fund for ... Read the full story
10.12.2015
Promoting financial instruments with social and employment purposes
The fi-compass European Social Fund (ESF) work stream offers a range of advisory services and support to managing authorities, ... Read the full story
10.12.2015
Fishery sector support through ESIF financial instruments
A new scoping study has recently been released by fi-compass which examines the potential for financial instruments under the ... Read the full story
10.12.2015
Follow fi-compass on social media
fi-compass provides upstream advice on financial instruments through a number of channels, including our online hub and Twitter. ... Read the full story
10.12.2015
Sharing the risk of business investments: lessons from the fi-compass case study library
EU Member States are being encouraged to make an efficient use of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) through the use of ... Read the full story
09.12.2015
Member States seminar series: Greece
Picture: Zoe Georgopoulou, Head of NSRF and State Aid Service, National Coordination Authority, Ministry of Finance, Greece On the 3rd ... Read the full story
November 2015
30.11.2015
Member States seminar series: Croatia
Picture: Jakša Puljiz, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds On the 24th of November 2015, financial ... Read the full story
23.11.2015
Member States seminar series: Spain
Picture: Guadalupe de la Mata, EIF; Pilar Duran Solano, Ministry of Finance and Public Administration, Spain On the 18th of November ... Read the full story
19.11.2015
Video feedback from fi-compass events
Delegates at the fi-compass events continue to appreciate the advice about financial instruments that is provided by experts and ... Read the full story
13.11.2015
Supporting financial instruments through European Social Fund (ESF)
Picture: Event participants On the 4th of November 2015 financial instruments under the ESF were discussed at a seminar in Warsaw. ... Read the full story
13.11.2015
Member States seminar series: Czech Republic
Picture: Olga Letáčková, Deputy Minister for Section Management, National Coordination Authority Section, Czech Republic On the 10th ... Read the full story
12.11.2015
Member State events, December 2015 to February 2016, financial instruments delivering ESI Funds
Register now to attend a fi-compass seminar near you. Registrations are now open for the following seminars on financial ... Read the full story
12.11.2015
Ex-ante assessment for SME-related financial instruments: market analysis
Ex-ante assessments are mandatory for managing authorities setting up or continuing a financial instrument in the 2014-2020 programming ... Read the full story
09.11.2015
Promoting financial instruments for agriculture and rural development
Picture: Jānis Dūklavs, Minister for Agriculture of the Republicof Latvia and Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agricultureand Rural ... Read the full story
08.11.2015
Member States seminar series: Latvia
Picture: Event participants asking question On the 30th of October 2015, financial instruments delivering ESI Funds were discussed at ... Read the full story
05.11.2015
Financial instruments for efficiency in buildings
As part of our dialogue with financial instrument stakeholders, fi-compass asked Oliver Rapf, Executive Director of the Buildings ... Read the full story
04.11.2015
Supporting financial instruments through European Social Fund (ESF)
Picture: Audrius Zabotka, INVEGA, Lithuania On the 21st of October 2015 financial instruments delivering the ESF were discussed at a ... Read the full story
04.11.2015
Member States seminar series: Italy
Picture: Salvatore Vescina, Presidency of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic On the 22nd of October 2015 financial ... Read the full story
04.11.2015
Microfinance Center Conference: “Employment, Youth and Investment: What can Microfinance do?”
Prague, 4-6 November 2015 EaSI TA: Dissemination of Microfinance Best Practice within European Pre-established Events The annual ... Read the full story
04.11.2015
European Microfinance Week 2015: “Financial Inclusion for Sustainable Development”
Luxembourg, 18-20 November 2015 EaSI TA: Dissemination of Microfinance Best Practice within European Pre-established Events The European ... Read the full story
October 2015
22.10.2015
Positive feedback from fi-compass seminar participants
The fi-compass seminar series is underway and participants have already noted very positive feedback from the first round of ... Read the full story
19.10.2015
Microfinance rules, regulations and advice: Bordeaux, 28 October 2015
Microfinance matters will be the focus of a conference in France later this month. Conference sessions include a set of plenary ... Read the full story
16.10.2015
Member States seminar series: Romania
On the 8th of October 2015 financial instruments delivering ESI Funds were discussed at a seminar in Bucharest. This seminar was part ... Read the full story
15.10.2015
Member States seminar series: Bulgaria
On the 6th of October 2015 financial instruments delivering ESI Funds were discussed at a seminar in Sofia. This event was part of a ... Read the full story
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 ... Read the full story
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 ... Read the full story
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 ... Read the full story
14.10.2015
Annual Summary on Financial Engineering Instruments 2014 available
This report describes how financial engineering instruments under the 2007-2013 ERDF and ESF programmes are delivered across many policy ... Read the full story
14.10.2015
Case study
The Campania region launched the Microcredit Fund at the end of 2011, with € 100 million of resources committed from the European Social ... Read the full story
14.10.2015
Latest Regulatory Guidance
Guidance note: European Structural and Investment Funds Guidance for Member States and Programme Authorities CPR_37_7_8_9 Combination of ... Read the full story
12.10.2015
Grants and financial instruments working together
Provisions on combination of financial instruments with grants and other forms of support from the European Structural and Investment Funds ... Read the full story
12.10.2015
Innovation support and ESIF financial instruments
Support through financial instruments for Research, Technological Development and Innovation (RTDI) is an area that may be of interest to ... Read the full story
12.10.2015
Call open for Financial Intermediaries under the EaSI Guarantee Financial Instrument.
On 22 June 2015, the European Commission entrusted the EIF with the implementation of the EaSI Guarantee under the European Programme for ... Read the full story
12.10.2015
EFSI and ESIF: Complementarity, not overlap
The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) can exploit synergies with the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). EFSI is ... Read the full story
08.10.2015
Financial Instruments delivering ESI Funds
Bratislava was the stage for the first national fi-compass event, where participants from Slovakia and a few neighbouring ... Read the full story
06.10.2015
Promoting financial instruments for agriculture and rural development
The importance of knowledge about using ex-ante assessments properly was one of the main conclusions from the recent fi-compass ... Read the full story
01.10.2015
Seven steps to effective ex-ante assessments for ESIF financial instruments
An ex-ante assessment is a crucial, and therefore mandatory, step in the overall lifecycle of ESIF financial instruments. Ex-ante ... Read the full story
September 2015
28.09.2015
Microfinance for universities
Microfinance instruments can be useful sources of support for Microcredit Institutions pursuing  'Responsible Inclusive Finance and ... Read the full story
25.09.2015
Supporting financial instruments through European Social Fund (ESF)
Financial instruments and the ESF were under the spotlight in Paris this week at a regional seminar organised by fi-compass. ... Read the full story
25.09.2015
Rural Development Programme financial instruments
A new article about financial instruments for Rural Development Programmes has been produced by the European Network for Rural Development ... Read the full story
23.09.2015
Guide to financial instrument products
A new short reference guide about different financial instrument products is now available from fi-compass. The guide illustrates the key ... Read the full story
11.09.2015
Action plan for financial instruments
Systematic approaches to the planning of financial instruments can help to improve their effectiveness. A new short reference guide from ... Read the full story
04.09.2015
Increase your knowledge about financial instruments
A new series of fi-compass seminars is now open for registration. These events will provide information about opportunities from ... Read the full story
July 2015
16.07.2015
ECA report on Financial Instruments in Rural Development 2007-2013
In May 2015, a report was published by the European Court of Auditors analysing the performance of the Financial Instruments supported by ... Read the full story
16.07.2015
Ann Phelan T.D., Irish Minister of State at the Departments of Agriculture, Food and Marine and Transport, Tourism and Sport, with Special Responsibility for Rural Economic Development, on learning about FIs under EAFRD at the Dublin Conference
We asked Ann Phelan, who was attending the first fi-compass conference on FIs under the EAFRD, what she thought of the ... Read the full story
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 ... Read the full story
16.07.2015
Ex-ante assessment for SME-related financial instruments: market analysis
Ex-ante assessments are mandatory for managing authorities setting up or continuing a financial instrument in the 2014-2020 programming ... Read the full story
16.07.2015
The difference between off-the-shelf & tailor-made instruments
Amongst the new opportunities to ease the delivery of ESI Funds to the final recipients, there are the so-called off-the-shelf instruments ... Read the full story
16.07.2015
The fi-compass expert group met for the first time on 30 April
A fi-compass expert group has been established to provide advice to European Commission services so as to ensure the overall ... Read the full story
16.07.2015
Developing common standards: European Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Provision
The European microcredit market is a young and growing sector which is quite heterogeneous due to the disparity of the legal and ... Read the full story
16.07.2015
First European conference on FIs under EAFRD a success – Tailor-made Financial Instruments are needed for boosting EU agriculture
The first European conference on Financial Instruments under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) took place on 23 ... Read the full story
09.07.2015
Contribution from Monika Czerwińska, Social Economy Financing Specialist at TISE SA (Warsaw conference participant)
As I am representing a financial intermediary from Poland, I was particularly interested to hear what Financial Instruments are envisaged ... Read the full story
June 2015
12.06.2015
Anna Muterko from the Conference on Financial Instruments for delivery of the ERDF and the Cohesion Fund, Vienna
Anna Muterko, MA, Austrian Conference on Spatial Planning (ÖROK) Office at the Federal Chancellery, Austria fi-compass organised a ... Read the full story
04.06.2015
Jan Novak, Financial Instruments Unit, Directorate of EU Funds, Financial and Voluntary Instruments, Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic
Mr Jan Novak, Financial Instruments Unit, Directorate of EU Funds, Financial and Voluntary Instruments, Ministry of the Environment of ... Read the full story
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 ... Read the full story
03.06.2015
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 ... Read the full story
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 ... Read the full story
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 ... Read the full story
21.04.2015
The new advisory hub online
The new fi-compass webportal is NOW LIVE! The platform is offering a wide range of resources for Member States, managing ... Read the full story
21.04.2015
Share your expertise and get involved
Sharing best practices will be a great way to improve the performance of financial instruments under the new Investment Plan. If you have ... Read the full story
21.04.2015
A push for ESIF Financial Instruments
Having established the need to make Europe more attractive for investment and channel these investments where they are most needed, the ... Read the full story
21.04.2015
The Investment Plan explained
This article explains the role of ESIF financial instruments in reaching the objectives of the Investment Plan for Europe, as well as the ... Read the full story
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. ... Read the full story
21.04.2015
EaSI workshop
The first EaSI workshop took place on 1 December in Brussels and focused on the European Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Provision and ... Read the full story
21.04.2015
The SME initiative, a tangible support programme
The SME Initiative is a concrete tool available for Member States to stimulate additional lending to SMEs by the banking sector. It offers ... Read the full story
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 ... Read the full story
21.04.2015
DG AGRI – EIB Memorandum of Understanding
Last month, the European Commission (DG AGRI) and the EIB organised a joint high-level conference on the co-operation between the two ... Read the full story
21.04.2015
New report: Boosting finance in energy efficiency investments in buildings, industry and SMEs
The report by the Energy Efficiency Financial Institution Group (EEFIG), which was published on 26 February 2015, contains recommendations ... Read the full story
21.04.2015
CSI Europe - Points of view
CSI Europe is an URBACT network that focuses on the involvement of cities in Urban Development Fund (UDF) structures and the way these ESIF ... Read the full story
21.04.2015
Research: Lessons learnt from the 2007-2013 programming period
DG REGIO, the Latvian Presidency, the Regional Studies Association and the University of Latvia co-organised the conference “Challenges for ... Read the full story
21.04.2015
Launch of fi-compass
fi-compass was launched by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank at a conference on 19-20 January in Brussels, as the ... Read the full story
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 ... Read the full story
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 ... Read the full story
21.04.2015
Peer-to-Peer Initiative
The Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy has recently launched a new tool for peer-to-peer exchanges among managing, ... Read the full story
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 ... Read the full story
21.04.2015
EU Investment Offensive: Commission and EIB launch new advisory service on financial instruments
On 19 January, the European Commission, in partnership with the European Investment Bank (EIB), is launching fi-compass, a new ... Read the full story
21.04.2015
Event on Financial instruments applied to ERDF and the Cohesion Fund
An event on “Financial instruments applied to ERDF and the Cohesion Fund” will take place in Brussels (27.05.2015), Vienna (02.06.2015) and ... Read the full story
21.04.2015
EaSI Call for Expression of Interest
The EIB has issued a call for expression of interest to identify and select European microcredit providers which benefit from EaSI ... Read the full story