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Microfinance news from fi-compass

Recent news from fi-compass featuring our support for the European microfinance sector includes:

EC annual summary of data reinforces the potential of financial instruments in implementing Cohesion Policy

By the end of 2015, a total of almost EUR 16.9 billion of 2007-2013 Operational Programme (OP) resources was paid to more than 1000 financial instruments, of which around 75% was disbursed to final recipients, creating an estimated 140 000 jobs. These new figures covering the period up to the end of 2015 are available in the latest annual summary of data on the 2007-2013 financial engineering instruments by the European Commission.

Selection of bodies implementing financial instruments: fi-compass event series continues

A new round of knowledge sharing events is underway through fi-compass to help Member States and regions implement financial instruments. These include an event dedicated to Commission guidance, and also a series of seminars with thematic focus, such as those for revolving funds supporting energy efficiency investments or small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Other events in the fi-compass pipeline will feature advice about agricultural instruments as well as microfinance.

New advisory services from fi-compass

The new 2016-2018 work programme has been launched by fi-compass. The new advisory services build on the achievements of the first fi-compass work programme, which include a successful series of capacity building events and the publication of many new learning resources about European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) financial instruments, as well as the continuation of the Employment and Social Innovation programme technical assistance (EaSI TA).

New factsheet on Personal Loans published by fi-compass

A new fi-compass advisory publication explains how financial instruments can support Member State objectives for inclusion and employment. This factsheet, ‘Financial instruments working with personal loans’, is now available for downloading and sharing via the fi-compass website.

New fi-compass case studies available soon

A number of new case studies will soon be published by fi-compass. These include information and experiences from financial instruments using the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF).

New EC guidance on selecting bodies to implement financial instruments

A new guidance note has been published by the European Commission about financial instruments using the European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF).

New off-the-shelf financial instruments for business and urban development

The European Commission has adopted two new 'off-the-shelf' financial instruments for investments using the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds: the Co-investment Facility and the Urban Development Fund.

Dutch experiences with revolving funds for fisheries

Financial instruments can be used to implement the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) including supporting sustainable development of fishery and aquaculture areas, aquaculture and processing, and Integrated Maritime Policy, among others. Whilst such opportunities are available throughout EU fishery areas, the fi-compass EMFF scoping study highlights that lack of knowledge about revolving funds within EMFF managing authorities can limit the launch of more financial instruments for fisheries.

Rural development financial instruments showcased by fi-compass

Two macro-regional seminars were organised by fi-compass to raise awareness about opportunities for using financial instruments supported by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). The events were titled ‘EAFRD financial instruments for agriculture and rural development in 2014-2020’ and took place in Madrid on 31 May and in Rome on 13 June 2016.