on financial instruments under the European
fi-compass is a platform for advisory services
Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI).
Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and
microfinance under the Programme for
be an important tool for boosting EU agriculture.
Investments, in a variety of forms, will help create a modern, dynamic agri-food
sector to create jobs and enhance growth in the EU. Financial Instruments will
Financial instruments using the European Social Fund
can support a wide range of financially viable
investment projects

Case study (Financial Engineering Instruments for SMEs, Slovenia)

cover of f-compass case study in slovenia

This study describes how European Union co-financed financial instruments mixed with grants contributed to a better business environment under the ‘Programme of Financial Engineering Instruments for small and medium-sized enterprises’. This innovative programme combined funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF) and national resources, creating synergies such as encouraging debt financing with grants and strengthening access to financial products with technical support. 

Close cooperation between public authorities, financial intermediaries and other public and private bodies ensured financial products that were suitable to the needs of final recipients, contributing to the success of the initiative. The financial products (loans, guarantees, and equity investments combined with technical support) directly assisted 2 294 micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to tackle low productivity, liquidity constraints and under-capitalisation.