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.
A newly released fi-compass video explains how to successfully plan financial instruments that use the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds. This new video from fi-compass provides a summary of the fi-compass publication entitled 'Developing an Action Plan'. It follows a step-by-step approach along the four main life cycle stages of a financial instrument: design, set-up, implementation, and winding-up.
Member States and regions continue to advance with the set-up and implementation of financial instruments co-funded by the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds. Ex-ante assessments for these financial instruments have been completed for a wide range of different ESI Fund financial instruments and fi-compass is collating information that has been published about these ex-ante assessments in a new section on our website.
Member States and regions can make use of financial instruments within 'investment platforms' that combine the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) alongside the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and national, regional and private finance. An example of how such an investment platform can work in practice is explained by the fi-compass 'Third Industrial Revolution' case study from Northern France. This ERDF financial instrument, operating in the Nord-Pas de Calais area of the Hauts-de-France region, has now started supporting investment that contributes to Thematic Objective 4 of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and the low carbon economy.
The fi-compass European Social Fund (ESF) work stream has recently published new language versions of the handbook on using ESF financial instruments for promoting inclusion, sustainable jobs and better education. French, German, Italian and Spanish language versions (in addition to the original English version) of this handbook are now available for downloading and sharing through the fi-compass website’s Resource Library.
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.
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'.
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.
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).
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.