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Second Call for EaSI Technical Assistance to the European microcredit sector

The EaSI Technical Assistance (EaSI TA) is launching a second Call for Expression of Interest with the goal of identifying and selecting up to 34 European microcredit providers that will benefit from EaSI Technical Assistance services. 

European Social Fund provides mezzanine capital for Germany

A German case study from fi-compass shows how the European Social Fund (ESF) can be used to co-finance quasi equity, or mezzanine capital, investments for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This financial instrument (titled: Mikromezzaninfonds and translated to: micro-mezzanine funds) was set-up under the 2007-2013 national level ESF Operational Programme (OP). It is being continued during the current 2014-2020 period and promotes social inclusion by financing entrepreneurship among ESF priority groups.

Investments in innovative Bulgarian start-ups

As part of its support for stakeholders involved with financial instruments using the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), fi-compass has produced a case study on the 'JEREMIE Acceleration and Seed Instrument in Bulgaria'.

Danish success with a European Social Fund financial instrument

European Social Fund (ESF) experiences from Denmark are featured in a fi-compass case study about the Central Denmark Entrepreneurship Fund (Midtjysk Iværksætterfond - MIF). This financial instrument provided loans, equity, quasi equity, and business coaching for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) during their early development.

Slovak ex-ante assessment covers five Operational Programmes

A fi-compass case study has been published recently showing how Slovakia managed the complex process of completing a combined ex-ante assessment for financial instruments within five Operational Programmes (OPs).  

Financial instruments support credit for Italian cooperatives

A European Social Fund (ESF) case study from fi-compass explains Italian experience with a financial instrument in Lombardy supporting social cooperatives and social inclusion for disadvantaged people. By combining public and private resources, the financial instrument provided microloans totalling € 31.4 million to 7 850 individuals. These in turn invested in the capital of 526 social cooperatives.

Scottish ex-ante assessment confirms the potential of financial instruments support

A fi-compass case study from Scotland explains the managing authority's experiences during an ex‑ante assessment for financial instruments under the 2014‑2020 European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Operational Programme (OP). The assessment helped to facilitate evidence-based decision‑making by the managing authority regarding possible design and set-up stages for ERDF financial instruments.

Financial instruments support for Polish entrepreneurs

Creating new jobs and entrepreneurship through financial instruments in Poland is the focus of a fi-compass case study featuring the European Social Fund.

Europe's first rural development financial instrument for 2014-2020: new fi-compass case study

A new fi-compass case study from Estonia showcases Europe's first rural development financial instrument for the 2014-2020 programming period.

Filling gaps in agricultural and rural finance: new animated film released by fi-compass

A new video from fi-compass has been produced to help Member States' managing authorities move forward with using the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) for revolving financial instruments.