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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.

Estonian success stories with financial instruments

Estonia holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union from July to December during 2017 and fi-compass has been speaking to some of the key actors involved with Estonian financial instruments to find out more about their perspectives. Estonia is one of the first Member States to have fully functional financial instruments contributing to all three of the objectives of EU policies for regional development, agriculture, and fisheries.

Lithuanian financial instrument invests in energy efficiency for buildings

Lithuania's financial instrument promoting energy efficiency in apartment buildings has been featured as an interesting case study at fi‑compass events, and we went to speak to some of the people involved to find out more about this innovative way of using the European Regional Development Fund.

Financing investment guarantees for the agri‑food sector in southern France

A new agricultural case study has been published by fi‑compass that describes a French financial instrument from the Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region. Our new case study explains how this innovative instrument makes use of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development via a fund of funds structure (named FOSTER TPE-PME) that includes First Loss Portfolio Guarantees supporting the agricultural, food and forestry sectors.

Closure performance data on the 2007-2013 financial engineering instruments

The European Commission has recently published its final 'Summary of data on the progress made in financing and implementing financial engineering instruments reported by the managing authorities' from the 2007-2013 programming period. This data reflects the state of play at closure of 2007-2013 operational programmes (up to end of March 2017) co‑financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF).

Dutch financial instrument promotes high-tech business innovation

A new fi‑compass case study shows how a financial instrument from the Eastern Netherlands has used European Regional Development Fund assistance to support innovation investments by small and medium‑sized enterprises (SMEs).

This 'Innovation Fund East Netherlands' was designed to help improve access to finance for the region's most promising entrepreneurs during the global economic crisis.

The fund manager, Participatiemaatschappij Oost (PPM Oost), provided equity and loans that many banks, venture capitalists, and business angels were considering too high risk.

PPM Oost also offered networking, training, and coaching opportunities. Results led to 33 SMEs investing EUR 25.7 million which created 325 new jobs.

Raising awareness about Europe's venture capital landscape

Venture capital can be defined as a subset of private equity that is co‑invested with an entrepreneur to fund a business venture, normally during its early‑stage (seed or start‑up) and expansion phases. Higher‑than‑average returns on such investments tend to be expected by venture capitalists and investors in order to offset higher risk in these investments.

Investing in low carbon economies: Lessons from the London Green Fund

Our fi‑compass publications library includes a case study from the London Green Fund (LGF). It explains how this financial instrument used the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to successfully support much‑needed investments in environmental infrastructure.

This ERDF financial instrument contributes directly to reducing carbon emissions and it received international recognition earlier this year when its urban development achievements were discussed at the C40 Financing Sustainable Cities Forum. The story behind this success was told by the LGF fund managers and the Greater London Authority (GLA), the ERDF Intermediate Body.

Simon White from the GLA explained how the financial instrument was primarily driven by targets for minimising carbon emissions and waste within the city's urban regeneration plan, saying: "There were lots of projects that needed to be delivered, and there were lots of finance that needed to be secured to enable those to happen."

A solution to this challenge involved a shift in approach to develop a fund that used the ERDF as investment finance to support infrastructure projects.

Personal loans and social entrepreneurship: new language versions of fi-compass factsheets

French, German, Italian, and Spanish language versions are now available of our fi-compass factsheets about 'Financial instruments working with personal loans' and 'Financial instruments working with social entrepreneurship'. Download and share these new publications from the fi-compass website library at: