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Microfinance news from fi-compass

See the new EaSI TA newsletter featuring information about capacity building support from fi-compass for Europe’s microfinance sector. The newsletter is produced with Technical Assistance (TA) support from the first axis of the European Commission’s Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) Programme. Click here to download and share the EaSI TA newsletter.

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 Provision, at https://goo.gl/2537bl. Other new briefing information has been released recently by the European Commission concerning the European Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Provision.

Financial instruments for energy efficiency in the programming period 2014-2020, Vienna, 20 October 2016

The new fi-compass series of specific thematic workshops started with an event covering financial instruments supporting energy efficiency in Vienna on 20 October 2016. Peer-to-peer learning and sharing experience were central.

Participants could:

Manual (Scoping study for the use of financial instruments under the EMFF and related advisory support activities)

The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) policy framework emphasises the need for more use of financial instruments (FIs) in 2014-2020: the overall aim is therefore to deliver more ESIF funding through financial instruments in the future. To help achieve this, the European Commission, in partnership with the EIB, has set up a single advisory platform on ESIF financial instruments for the programming period 2014-2020. This advisory platform is called fi-compass.

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 fi‑compass events, and we went to speak to some of the people involved to find out more about this innovative way of using the European Regional Development Fund.

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, guarantees, equity and quasi-equity) that Member States and regions can choose to use in conjunction with the European Structural and Investment Funds.

This video illustrates the key features and differences between such financial instrument products.

Financing investment guarantees for the agri‑food sector in southern France

A new agricultural case study has been published recently by fi‑compass that describes a French financial instrument from the Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region. Our new case study explains how this innovative instrument makes use of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development via a fund of funds structure (named FOSTER TPE-PME) that includes First Loss Portfolio Guarantees supporting the agricultural, food and forestry sectors.

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 financial instruments using the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). The conference aimed to take stock of progress made so far and raise further awareness about how financial instruments can help deliver on EAFRD objectives, especially in the fields of agriculture, agri-food, forestry and rural entrepreneurship. It was opened by Phil Hogan, the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development who confirmed the role and place that financial instruments must have for agriculture, agri-food and for boosting growth and employment in rural economies.

New loans and equity investments for France’s La Réunion island

This article is about a new fund of funds that uses resources from the European Regional Development Fund and from the European Fund for Strategic Investments to assist micro, small and medium-sized enterprises through loans and risk capital in France’s La Réunion region.