Welcome to our autumn 2020 edition of the Beacon. To improve your enjoyment of the newsletter, we have prepared a new interactive format which is available on the 
fi-compass website. Follow the links below to access our latest stories, online resources and details of upcoming events.
Energy transition in The Hague
“Just do it” says Ton Overmeire, of the City of The Hague, when asked if he has any advice for cities and managing authorities thinking about using financial instruments. The Hague are now developing plans to use financial instruments to help finance ambitious plans to become carbon neutral by 2030.
Early successes for EquiFund as three investments are realised
Three successful trade sales in Greece have enabled EquiFund financial intermediaries to exit their investments, whilst at the same time securing additional investment to support growth and expansion of more companies.
Casa dos Reclamos – IFRRU 2020 supported business backing the fight against COVID-19
Casa dos Reclamos, a modern digital design production business received an IFRRU 2020 loan that allowed it to expand its product lines, grow its workforce and invest in new sustainable production processes.
 What’s new 
#ficompass2021 – advancing financial instruments in the next programming period
A new fi-compass webpage to help you plan financial instruments in the 2021-2027 programming period.
Energy efficiency, equity and urban development feature in new publications
A major new study on the potential to use ERDF financial instruments to finance energy efficiency projects has been published on the fi-compass website.

New IFRRU 2020 video interviews
New video resources have been published on the fi-compass website to complement and enhance the video case study featuring the financial instruments.

Four video stories from FOSTER TPE-PME
The FOSTER TPE-PME showcase submission features examples of projects that have benefited from support through the financial instruments.
Sixth annual EU conference on EAFRD financial instruments for agriculture and rural development in 2014-2020
Registrations open for the Sixth annual EU conference on EAFRD financial instruments for agriculture and rural development in 2014-2020. When: 16 November – register now!
ERDF conference: ‘Financial instruments under European Regional Development and Cohesion Funds’
fi-compass is pleased to announce an online ERDF conference entitled, ‘Financial instruments under European Regional Development and Cohesion Funds’ to be held on Tuesday 1 December – Wednesday 2 December 2020.

Crowdfunding – ESF webinar attracts high level of interest
Over 150 participants from managing authorities, financial intermediaries, EU institutions and stakeholders from crowdfunding platforms joined the webinar. Read a summary of the event and access the event material.
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