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be an important tool for boosting EU agriculture.
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Investments, in a variety of forms, will help create a modern, dynamic agri-food
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Financial instruments using the European Social Fund
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Case study (SELFIEmployment, Italy)

This case study describes the SELFIEmployment financial instrument in Italy which provides financial support through micro and small loans at zero interest rate for people Not (engaged) in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) to enhance their self-employment and entrepreneurship initiatives, thus increasing their chances of being included in the labour market.

Factsheet (Financial gap in the EU agricultural sector)

This report offers a first look into the financial gap for agricultural enterprises for short-term and for medium and long-term loans. It is based on established European Commission methodology (Ex-ante assessment of the EU SME Initiative, 2013) and incorporates improved calculations. The input variables are based on updated data from Eurostat, the Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN) provided by DG AGRI and the SAFE survey. Wherever specific data for the agricultural sector was not available, approximations were used.

Microfinance advice for rural Romania

A second EaSI TA thematic seminar was organised in Romania by fi-compass earlier this Autumn. The event’s main purpose was to highlight new product development opportunities for microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Romania, particularly in rural microfinance. It attracted 30 participants from about 15 different MFIs with rural interests.

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.

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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.

Financial instruments under the European Structural and Investment Funds

This is the second year for the 2014-2020 programming period that the Commission has produced the summaries of data on the progress made in financing and implementing financial instruments (FIs) supported by European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). The summaries are based on data reported by the managing authorities in accordance with Article 46 of Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (CPR).

The SME Initiative under the EAFRD

The SME Initiative is a joint financial instrument of the European Union and the European Investment Bank Group, designed to stimulate finance for small and medium-sized enterprises in the Member States. It can be targeted to support farmers and/or agribusinesses under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, boosting in this way investments in agriculture and forestry as well as in the rural economy.