fi-compass library

The fi-compass library contains a range of different information and learning resources covering a variety of topics related to financial instruments under the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). The fi-compass resources are published and can be downloaded here. They may be particularly useful for managing authorities and other bodies involved in the management of ESIF. They include:

  • Primary and secondary legislation – Here you can find the primary legal documentation for the Common provisions regulation and the secondary regulations for each of the ESI Funds.
  • EC Regulatory Guidance – Here you can find the guidance on the application of specific regulatory provisions relevant for the implementation of ESIF financial instruments, as issued by the European Commission.
  • fi-compass publications - aim to address issues faced by ESIF authorities during the establishment and the implementation of financial instruments, covering different stages of the financial instrument life cycle. They raise awareness on relevant practices, help improve the understanding about regulatory and technical requirements and provide advice on the approach to take. Short informative factsheets, practical manuals and case studies on financial instruments implemented in 2007-2013 and 2014-2020 programming periods can be found here.
  • fi-compass videos – video resources from fi-compass include films providing general and technical advice about using ESIF financial instruments. Other video material showcases financial instruments 'in action' as well the fi-compass event series and testimonials from practitioners involved with ESIF financial instruments.
  • News about ESIF financial instruments is published regularly through a series of short articles on our website and the Beacon newsletter is produced to provide a round-up of developments with ESIF financial instruments.
  • Other resources – this part of the library contains relevant information from EU sources, such as the European Parliament, European Investment Bank Group, Committee of the Regions, and the European Court of Auditors. Information produced by external sources about ESIF financial instruments is also available here.

Latest resources

EAFRD Loan Fund for agriculture Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy 13.11.2020 / Case Studies

EAFRD Loan Fund for agriculture Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy
Study on financial needs in agriculture and agri-food sectors in 24 EU Member States 11.06.2020 / Factsheets

Study on financial needs in the agriculture and agri-food sectors in 24 EU Member States
Financing rural, agricultural and forestry infrastructure 03.06.2019 / Brochures

Financing rural, agricultural and forestry infrastructure
Supporting rural infrastructure and Smart Villages development 31.05.2019 / Brochures

Supporting rural infrastructure and Smart Villages development
Survey on financial needs and access to finance of EU agricultural enterprises 18.04.2019 / Brochures

Survey on financial needs and access to finance of EU agricultural enterprises
Joint initiative for improving access to funding for European Union Young Farmers 18.04.2019 / Brochures

Joint initiative for improving access to funding for European Union Young Farmers
Using financial instruments to reduce the impact of price volatility in agriculture 10.04.2019 / Brochures

Using financial instruments to reduce the impact of price volatility in agriculture
Debt finance and use of credit guarantee instruments for agricultural enterprises in the EU 21.01.2019 / Factsheets

Debt finance and use of credit guarantee instruments for agricultural enterprises in the EU
Flexible financial products for agriculture 21.12.2018 / Factsheets

Flexible financial products for the agricultural sector in the EU
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An agricultural-focused EAFRD financial instrument providing market-responsive financial products
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Case study (Food and agricultural loan fund 2014-2020)
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Case study (EAFRD Credit Fund Lombardy 2014-2020)
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EAFRD financial instruments in 2014-2020 Rural Development Programmes
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Factsheet (Financial gap in the EU agricultural sector)
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The SME Initiative under the EAFRD
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Case study (Financial instruments for rural development 2014–2020, Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée, France)
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Targeted Coaching on financial instruments for EAFRD managing authorities
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Factsheet (Financial instruments for European agriculture and rural development)
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Factsheet (Potential role of market responsive EAFRD financial instruments Feasibility study – initial findings)
Loans for rural development 25.11.2016 / Case Studies

Case study (Loans for rural development 2014-2020, Estonia)
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Manual (Methodological handbook for implementing an ex-ante assessment of agriculture financial instruments under the EAFRD)
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Developing an action plan
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Preview of Methodological Handbook for implementing an ex-ante assessment of financial instruments for agriculture supported by the EAFRD
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Benefits of the FIs in EAFRD
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Case study (The Latvian Credit Fund)
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Factsheet (The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD))
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Case study (Rural Credit Guarantee Fund)