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

FMFIB 15.12.2021 / Case Studies

FMFIB: Fund Manager of Financial Instruments in Bulgaria – a multi-sector fund of funds
fi-compass survey 2021 18.11.2021 / Factsheets

fi-compass survey 2021
EAFRD Guarantee Instrument 2014-2020 Portugal 17.11.2021 / Case Studies

EAFRD Guarantee Instrument 2014-2020, Portugal
EAFRD guarantee fund for agriculture and agri-food businesses, Poland 16.11.2021 / Case Studies

EAFRD guarantee fund for agriculture and agri-food businesses, Poland
EAFRD Guarantee Fund 2014-2020, Greece 16.11.2021 / Case Studies

EAFRD Guarantee Fund 2014-2020, Greece
fi-compass Knowledge Hub Audit and control of financial instruments 2014-2020 10.08.2021 / Factsheets

fi-compass Knowledge Hub - Audit and control of financial instruments 2014-2020
Audit methodology 28.06.2021 / EC Regulatory Guidance

Audit methodology for auditing financial instruments in the period 2014-2020 – update 2021
Key takeaways from the fi-compass study on the use of EMFF financial instruments 14.06.2021 / Factsheets

Key takeaways from the fi-compass study on the use of EMFF financial instruments
fi-compass study on use of EMFF financial instruments  01.06.2021 / Factsheets

fi-compass study on the use of EMFF financial instruments
Combination of financial instruments and grants under shared management funds in the 2021-2027 programming period 11.05.2021 / Factsheets

Combination of financial instruments and grants under shared management funds in the 2021-2027 programming period
Annual summary report 2019 04.05.2021 / Other resources

Summaries of the data on the progress made in financial instruments – Situation as at 31 December 2019
2021 update of the annotated template for reporting on financial instruments 04.05.2021 / EC Regulatory Guidance

2021 update of the annotated template for reporting on financial instruments
UPDATED Guidance on State Aid in European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds  Financial instruments in the 2014-2020 programming period 30.04.2021 / EC Regulatory Guidance

UPDATED Guidance on State Aid in European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds Financial instruments in the 2014-2020 programming period
Financing social economy in Poland 06.04.2021 / Case Studies

Financing the Social Economy in Poland
fi-compass knowledge hub 26.02.2021 / Factsheets

fi-compass Knowledge Hub - Combination of financial instruments with grants
knowledge hub 09.02.2021 / Factsheets

fi-compass Knowledge Hub - Selection of financial intermediaries
Residential energy efficiency financial instruments in Lithuania 01.12.2020 / Case Studies

Residential energy efficiency financial instruments in Lithuania
FOSTER TPE-PME-AGRI a new generation multi-sector fund of funds, Occitanie, France 26.11.2020 / Case Studies

FOSTER TPE-PME-AGRI a new generation multi-sector fund of funds, Occitanie, France
Financial needs in agriculture and agri-food sectors in 24 EU Member States 16.11.2020 / Publications

Financial needs in the agriculture and agri-food sectors in the European Union
AGRI Italy Platform 16.11.2020 / Case Studies

AGRI Italy Platform
EAFRD Risk Sharing Loan 2014-2020, Romania 13.11.2020 / Case Studies

EAFRD Risk Sharing Loan 2014-2020, Romania
EAFRD Loan Fund for agriculture Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy 13.11.2020 / Case Studies

EAFRD Loan Fund for agriculture Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy
The potential for investment in energy efficiency through financial instruments in the European Union - Executive summary 26.10.2020 / Factsheets

The potential for investment in energy efficiency through financial instruments in the European Union
Equity financing for SMEs in Greece – EquiFund 13.10.2020 / Case Studies

Equity financing for SMEs in Greece – EquiFund
Factsheet: SIH 13.07.2020 / Factsheets

Factsheet – Responding to the COVID-19 crisis through financial instruments: SIH Anti-Corona Guarantee
La Financière Région Réunion - Financial instruments to support SMEs, France 09.07.2020 / Case Studies

La Financière Région Réunion - Financial instruments to support SMEs, France
Crowdfunding and ESF opportunities: future perspectives for managing authorities 02.07.2020 / Manuals

Crowdfunding and ESF opportunities: future perspectives for managing authorities
fi-compass Knowledge Hub State aid 25.06.2020 / Factsheets

fi-compass Knowledge Hub – State aid
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
Responding to the COVID-19 crisis through financial instruments 06.05.2020 / Factsheets

Factsheet – Responding to the COVID-19 crisis through financial instruments
European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) 06.05.2020 / Factsheets

European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and Energy Performance Contracting (EPC)
Stocktaking study on financial instruments by sector - Executive summary 27.04.2020 / Factsheets

Stocktaking study on financial instruments by sector
Gap analysis for small and medium-sized enterprises financing in the European Union 30.03.2020 / Factsheets

Gap analysis for small and medium-sized enterprises financing in the European Union
updated annotated template for reporting on financial instruments according to Article 46 Common Provisions Regulation 19.03.2020 / Other resources

The 2020 update of the annotated template for reporting on financial instruments according to Article 46 Common provisions regulation
Audit methodology for auditing financial instruments in the period 2014-2020 21.02.2020 / Other resources

Audit methodology for auditing financial instruments in the period 2014-2020
Summaries of the data on the progress made in financial instruments – Situation as at 31 December 2018 10.02.2020 / Other resources

Summaries of the data on the progress made in financial instruments – Situation as at 31 December 2018
ESF 20.01.2020 / Factsheets

Supporting the development of Social Finance Ecosystems in Member States under ESF
IFRRU 2020 25.11.2019 / Case Studies

Financial instruments for urban development in Portugal – IFRRU 2020 case study
Survey on ESF FIs – Report 15.11.2019 / Factsheets

Survey on financial instruments under the European Social Fund (ESF)
Guidance leverage reporting 07.06.2019 / EC Regulatory Guidance

Guidance for Member States on Article 46 - reporting on financial instruments and on Article 37(2)(c) - leverage effect
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
Energy Savings in Existing Housing Programme, Greece 14.05.2019 / Case Studies

Case study (Energy Savings in Existing Housing Programme, Greece)
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
Enhancement Capacity of Financial Instrument Application in Consistency with other forms of Public Interventions 02.04.2019 / MRA

Enhancement Capacity of Financial Instrument Application in Consistency with other forms of Public Interventions
MRA-RICE booklet 02.04.2019 / MRA

MRA-RICE booklet
MRA-RICE Final Phase 2 report 02.04.2019 / MRA

MRA-RICE Final Phase 2 report
Multi-Regional Assistance Project- Revolving Investment for Cities in Europe (MRA-RICE) 02.04.2019 / MRA

MRA-RICE Final Phase 1 report
MRA-RICE In Depth Case Study 02.04.2019 / MRA

MRA-RICE In Depth Case Study - The Hague
MRA-RICE case study The Hague 02.04.2019 / MRA

MRA-RICE case study The Hague
MRA-RICE case study Milan 02.04.2019 / MRA

MRA- RICE case study Milan
MRA-RICE Manchester 02.04.2019 / MRA

MRA-RICE case study Manchester
MRA-RICE case study London 02.04.2019 / MRA

MRA-RICE case study London
Financial Instruments-Overview of changes in Title IV of the CPR following the Omnibus regulation 06.03.2019 / EC Regulatory Guidance

Financial instruments - Overview of changes in Title IV of the CPR following the Omnibus regulation
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
Stocktaking study of ex-ante assessments 18.01.2019 / Brochures

Stocktaking study of ex-ante assessments
Thumbnail 15.01.2019 / Other resources

Summaries of the data on the progress made in financial instruments – Situation as at 31 December 2017
Flexible financial products for agriculture 21.12.2018 / Factsheets

Flexible financial products for the agricultural sector in the EU
Thumbnail 21.12.2018 / Factsheets

An agricultural-focused EAFRD financial instrument providing market-responsive financial products
Thumbnail 27.11.2018 / Factsheets

Final report: fi-compass State aid survey
Thumbnail 21.11.2018 / Factsheets

Factsheet (fi-compass study on the Social Impacts Bond programme under Portugal’s Social Innovation Initiative)
Thumbnail 20.11.2018 / Factsheets

Final report: fi-compass mid-term survey
Thumbnail 05.11.2018 / Factsheets

Factsheet (Setting up a microfinance financial instrument)
Thumbnail 05.11.2018 / Factsheets

Factsheet (European Social Fund financial instruments and State aid)
Thumbnail 30.10.2018 / Case Studies

Case study (Loans and guarantees for SMEs - The JEREMIE Initiative in Cyprus)
Thumbnail 11.10.2018 / Case Studies

Case study ('TEPIX Business Restart' Action, Greece)
Thumbnail 03.10.2018 / Case Studies

Case study (Fisheries and aquaculture, Estonia)
Thumbnail 06.06.2018 / Case Studies

Case study (Food and agricultural loan fund 2014-2020)
Thumbnail 06.06.2018 / Case Studies

Case study (EAFRD Credit Fund Lombardy 2014-2020)
Thumbnail 30.05.2018 / Case Studies

Case study (Ex-ante assessment for financial instruments, Sweden)
Thumbnail 11.04.2018 / Brochures, Factsheets

EAFRD financial instruments in 2014-2020 Rural Development Programmes
Thumbnail 13.02.2018 / Case Studies

Case study (SELFIEmployment, Italy)
Thumbnail 12.02.2018 / Brochures, Factsheets

Factsheet (Financial gap in the EU agricultural sector)
Thumbnail 06.02.2018 / Other resources

Summaries of the data on the progress made in financial instruments – Situation as at 31 December 2016
Summaries of the data on the progress made in financial instruments – Situation as at 31 December 2015 05.02.2018 / Other resources

Summaries of the data on the progress made in financial instruments – Situation as at 31 December 2015
Thumbnail 23.01.2018 / Brochures

The SME Initiative under the EAFRD
Thumbnail 30.10.2017 / EC Regulatory Guidance

EC Regulatory Guidance (Guidance Note on implementation options for financial instruments by or under the responsibility of the managing authority)
Thumbnail 13.10.2017 / Other resources

EC summary of data on the progress made in financing and implementing financial engineering instruments
Thumbnail 12.10.2017 / Case Studies

Case study (Financial instruments for rural development 2014–2020, Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée, France)
Thumbnail 19.09.2017 / Brochures

Capacity building services on financial instruments in support of ESF managing authorities
Thumbnail 05.09.2017 / Other resources

Financial Instruments: A Stock-taking Exercise in Preparation for the 2014-2020 Programming Period - Final Report
Thumbnail 05.09.2017 / Other resources

Social Business Initiative - Creating a favourable climate for social enterprises, key stakeholders in the social economy and innovation
Thumbnail 05.09.2017 / Other resources

Proposed Approaches to Social Impact Measurement in European Commission legislation and in practice relating to EuSEFs and the EaSI
Thumbnail 04.07.2017 / Case Studies

Case study (Innovation Fund, East Netherlands)
Thumbnail 21.06.2017 / Brochures, Factsheets

Targeted Coaching on financial instruments for EAFRD managing authorities
Thumbnail 30.05.2017 / Other resources

Comments received on the annotated template for reporting according to Article 46 CPR after the EGESIF meetings on 25 February and 27 April 2016
Thumbnail 30.05.2017 / Other resources

Old Annotated template for reporting on financial instruments according to Article 46 Common provisions regulation
Thumbnail 12.05.2017 / EC Regulatory Guidance

EC Regulatory Guidance (Guidance on State aid in European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds financial instruments in the 2014-2020 programming period)
Thumbnail 16.02.2017 / Manuals

Manual (Introducing financial instruments for the European Social Fund)
Thumbnail 15.02.2017 / Case Studies

Case study (Financial Engineering Instruments for SMEs, Slovenia)
Thumbnail 21.12.2016 / Case Studies

Case study (CAP Troisième Révolution Industrielle Nord-Pas de Calais, France)
Thumbnail 20.12.2016 / Case Studies

Case study (Mikromezzaninfonds, Germany)
Thumbnail 20.12.2016 / Case Studies

Case study (Central Denmark Entrepreneurship Fund, Denmark)
Thumbnail 28.11.2016 / Brochures, Factsheets

Factsheet (Financial instruments for European agriculture and rural development)
Thumbnail 28.11.2016 / Brochures, Factsheets

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)
Thumbnail 15.11.2016 / Case Studies

Case study (Creating new jobs and entrepreneurship through financial instruments Mazovia - Poland)
Thumbnail 15.11.2016 / Case Studies

Case study (JEREMIE Acceleration and Seed instrument in Bulgaria)
Thumbnail 15.11.2016 / Case Studies

Case study (Loan fund INNODEM2 - Belgium)
Thumbnail 15.11.2016 / Case Studies

Case study (JEREMIE in Extremadura - Spain)
Thumbnail 15.11.2016 / Case Studies

Case study (Ex-ante assessment for financial instruments in Slovakia)
Thumbnail 15.11.2016 / Case Studies

Case study (Ex-ante assessment for financial instruments in Scotland)
Thumbnail 25.10.2016 / Case Studies

Case study (JEREMIE ESF Lombardy region)
Thumbnail 21.10.2016 / Case Studies

Case study (ESF guarantee fund for social inclusion Marche - Italy)
Thumbnail 11.10.2016 / Case Studies

Case study (Microcredits for Social Inclusion - France)
Thumbnail 07.10.2016 / Brochures, Factsheets

Factsheet (Financial instruments working with personal loans)
Thumbnail 02.08.2016 / EC Regulatory Guidance

EC Regulatory Guidance (Guidance for Member States on the selection of bodies implementing financial instruments)
Thumbnail 28.06.2016 / Brochures, Factsheets

Factsheet (Financial instruments working with social entrepreneurship)
Thumbnail 13.06.2016 / Manuals

Manual (Methodological handbook for implementing an ex-ante assessment of agriculture financial instruments under the EAFRD)
Thumbnail 17.03.2016 / Case Studies

Case study (The First Loss Portfolio Guarantee instrument in Malta)
Thumbnail 25.02.2016 / EC Regulatory Guidance

New Guidance note about interest and other gains generated by European Structural & Investment Funds support paid to financial instrument (Article 43 Common provisions regulation)
Thumbnail 22.02.2016 / EC Regulatory Guidance

New guidelines on combining European Structural and Investment Funds with the European Fund for Strategic Investments
Thumbnail 01.02.2016 / Brochures, Factsheets

Factsheet (Financial instruments working with microfinance)
Thumbnail 01.02.2016 / Case Studies

Case study (Financing the social economy)
Thumbnail 08.12.2015 / EC Regulatory Guidance

EC Regulatory Guidance (Guidance for Member States on Article 42(1)(d) CPR– Eligible management costs and fees)
12.11.2015 / FAQ

Presentation (Financial instruments to support employment and social innovation: EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) )
Thumbnail 04.11.2015 / Manuals

Manual (Scoping study for the use of financial instruments under the EMFF and related advisory support activities)
Thumbnail 19.10.2015 / Case Studies

Case study (ERDF Languedoc-Roussillon)
Thumbnail 01.10.2015 / Videos

Seven steps to effective ex-ante assessments for ESIF Financial Instruments
Thumbnail 11.09.2015 / EC Regulatory Guidance

European Structural and Investment Funds Guidance for Member States and Programme Authorities CPR_37_7_8_9 Combination of support from a financial instrument with other forms of support
Thumbnail 11.09.2015 / Brochures, Factsheets

Financial instrument products
Thumbnail 11.09.2015 / Brochures, Factsheets

Developing an action plan
Thumbnail 04.08.2015 / Case Studies

Case Study (ESF Microcredit Fund Campania)
Thumbnail 15.07.2015 / EC Regulatory Guidance

EC Regulatory Guidance (Guidance for Member States on Article 41 CPR– Request for payment)
Thumbnail 02.07.2015 / Brochures, Publications

Preview of Methodological Handbook for implementing an ex-ante assessment of financial instruments for agriculture supported by the EAFRD
Thumbnail 30.06.2015 / Videos

Benefits of the FIs in EAFRD
Thumbnail 05.06.2015 / Manuals

Manual (Ex-ante assessment guidance, Vol. V - Financial instruments for urban and territorial development)
Thumbnail 05.06.2015 / Manuals

Manual (Ex-ante assessment guidance, Vol. IV - Supporting the shift towards low-carbon economy)
Thumbnail 05.06.2015 / Manuals

Manual (Ex-ante assessment guidance, Vol. III - Enhancing competitiveness of SMEs)
Thumbnail 05.06.2015 / Manuals

Manual (Ex-ante assessment guidance, Vol. II - Strengthening research, technological development and innovation)
Thumbnail 05.06.2015 / Manuals

Manual (Ex-ante assessment guidance, Vol. I - General methodology)
Thumbnail 07.05.2015 / Case Studies

Case study (Financial instruments for innovative firms)
Thumbnail 07.05.2015 / Case Studies

Case study (The Latvian Credit Fund)
Thumbnail 21.04.2015 / EC Regulatory Guidance

EC Regulatory Guidance (Guidance for Member States on Article 37(4) CPR, Support to enterprises/working capital)
Thumbnail 21.04.2015 / Case Studies

Case study (First Loss Portfolio Guarantee)
Thumbnail 21.04.2015 / EC Regulatory Guidance

EC Regulatory Guidance (Guidance for Member States on financial instruments - Glossary)
Thumbnail 21.04.2015 / Case Studies

Case study (Combined Micro Credit and Grant scheme)
Thumbnail 21.04.2015 / EC Regulatory Guidance

EC Regulatory Guidance (Guidance for Member States on Article 37(2) CPR– Ex-ante assessment)
Thumbnail 21.04.2015 / Case Studies

Case study (Entrepreneurship Promotion Fund)
Thumbnail 21.04.2015 / Case Studies

Case study (Technology Start-Up Fund)
Thumbnail 21.04.2015 / Case Studies

Case study (London Green Fund)
Thumbnail 21.04.2015 / Manuals

Manual (Ex-ante assessment - Quick reference guide)
Thumbnail 21.04.2015 / EC Regulatory Guidance

EC Regulatory Guidance (EC short reference guide)
Thumbnail 21.04.2015 / Brochures, Factsheets

Factsheet (The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF))
Thumbnail 21.04.2015 / Brochures, Factsheets

Factsheet (The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD))
Thumbnail 21.04.2015 / Brochures, Factsheets

Factsheet (The European Social Fund (ESF))
Thumbnail 21.04.2015 / Brochures, Factsheets

Factsheet (The Cohesion Fund (CF))
Thumbnail 21.04.2015 / Brochures, Factsheets

Factsheet (The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF))
Thumbnail 21.04.2015 / Brochures, Factsheets

Factsheet (A sustainable way of achieving EU economic and social objectives (ESIF))
Thumbnail 21.04.2015 / Case Studies

Case study (Rural Credit Guarantee Fund)
Thumbnail 21.04.2015 / Case Studies

Case study (Urban Development Fund in Pomorskie)
Thumbnail 21.04.2015 / Case Studies

Case study (Renovation loan programme)