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This mini case study focuses on the Financial Instrument ‘SIH Anti-Corona Guarantee’ recently launched in Slovakia to help alleviate economic hardships faced by SMEs as a result of the measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. It is one of the first products introduced by National Promotional Banks and Institutions (NPBIs) in the EU after the outbreak of COVID-19, which employs European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).

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The ‘La Financière Région Réunion’ (FRR) fund of funds has been set up in the La Réunion region of France with resources from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with a mandate to implement and manage two financial instruments to support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), including micro-enterprises. The region has established under separate financial intermediaries a loan fund of EUR 62 million (including private co-financing) and an equity fund with EUR 10 million to co-invest alongside private investors.

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The fi-compass manual ‘Crowdfunding and ESF opportunities: future perspectives for managing authorities’ explores how to set up financial instruments in support of projects that seek finance through crowdfunding campaigns. This manual sets out to familiarise managing authorities and crowdfunding industry with each other, highlighting the mutual benefits of enhanced cooperation. Building on ground-breaking experiences in the EU, the manual analyses the challenges and opportunities of setting up financial instruments that are delivered alongside or through crowdfunding platforms.

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This document captures the key topics identified and discussed in the fi-compass Knowledge Hub – State aid workshop. Some of the State aid challenges considered by the participants included:

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This fi-compass study aims to support EAFRD managing authorities in planning and programming the use of financial instruments in their CAP Strategic Plans for the 2021-2027 programming period.

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Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs) are contractual arrangements typically between a building owner and an energy service company (‘ESCO’), where the ESCO invests in energy efficiency measures and guarantees energy savings over the duration of the contract. By linking compensation to the performance of the implemented projects, the client pays for actual savings and not for the investment. This report describes the key features of EPC, its advantages and how ESIF financial instruments can help upscale the EPC market in the future.