on financial instruments under the European
fi-compass is a platform for advisory services
Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)
be an important tool for boosting EU agriculture.
Investments, in a variety of forms, will help create a modern, dynamic agri-food
sector to create jobs and enhance growth in the EU. Financial Instruments will
Financial instruments using the European Social Fund
can support a wide range of financially viable
investment projects


Social inclusion through a financial instrument in Marche - Italy

A new case study featuring European Social Fund experience with financial instruments in Italy has been published by fi-compass.

Filling financing gaps for small and medium-sized enterprises in southern Belgium

fi-compass has released a new case study showing how a loan fund co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund can help address risk aversion among lenders towards small and medium-sized enterprises. This case study's financial instrument operated during the 2007-2013 period in Belgium's Wallonian province of Liège.

Cooperation brings high uptake of business loans in Extremadura

A new fi-compass case study features a Spanish financial instrument that was set up towards the end of the 2007-2013 period with co-funding from the Extremadura regional Operational Programme.

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).