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Investments, in a variety of forms, will help create a modern, dynamic agri-food
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Resources

Our ESIF factsheets are now available in selected EU languages

Our factsheets introducing financial instruments for the different European Structural and Investment Funds are now available in Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovakian, Slovenian and Spanish. These selected fi-compass materials have been translated into various EU languages to help deepen people’s understanding of the opportunities that ESIF financial instruments can offer.

New European Commission guidance note on management costs and fees for financial instruments implemented according to Article 38(4)(b)

Financial instruments are a form of support whose success hinges on the performance of bodies implementing them. One of the decisive parameters to align the interests of the managing authorities and the bodies implementing financial instruments is the remuneration paid to the latter in the form of performance-based management costs and fees.

European microcredit providers gain from practical fi-compass support

Known in the previous programming period as Joint Action to Support Microfinance Institutions in Europe (JASMINE), EaSI Technical Assistance involves a range of support activities for European microcredit providers. Now accessible under the umbrella of fi-compass EaSI Technical Assistance will help build up the institutional capacity of microcredit providers thanks to various forms of assistance including business development tools for the wider European microcredit sector.

Fishery sector support through ESIF financial instruments

A new scoping study has recently been released by fi-compass which examines the potential for financial instruments under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). The study gives essential insights on: the investment needs and opportunities that financial instruments could address in the seafood sector; the potential synergies and efficiencies with other ESI Funds; considerations for the most suitable types of financial products for the sector; and how advisory support can help realise the potential for financial instruments in the sector. 

Follow fi-compass on social media

fi-compass provides upstream advice on financial instruments through a number of channels, including our online hub and Twitter. To expand outreach and the dissemination of our tools and services that are available to managing authorities, financial intermediaries and all other interested stakeholders, fi-compass has recently launched a YouTube channel.

Supporting financial instruments through European Social Fund (ESF)

On the 4th of November 2015 financial instruments under the ESF were discussed at a seminar in Warsaw. This seminar was part of a series of ESF seminars conducted in Paris, Rome and Warsaw. Around 70 participants attended the seminar in Warsaw which shows high interest in financial instruments under the ESF. Following the opening and welcome speeches by Andrea Da Pozzo, European Commission and Ando Siitam, European Investment Bank practical experiences on the use of financial instruments under the ESF were presented. This included examples from Lithuania, Latvia and Poland.

Member State events, December 2015 to February 2016, financial instruments delivering ESI Funds

Register now to attend a fi-compass seminar near you. Registrations are now open for the following seminars on financial instruments in European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF): Athens, 3 December 2015 Lisbon, 18 January 2016 Ljubljana, 21 January 2016 The Hague, 27 January 2016 Nicosia, 4 February 2016 Valletta, 11 February 2016 London, 18 February 2016 Berlin, 25 February 2016 The purpose of this seminar series is to provide stakeholders with the opportunity to learn more...

Promoting financial instruments for agriculture and rural development

The fi-compass seminar in Riga focusing on the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) highlighted the benefits of financial instruments which ensure the re-use of public funds, particularly through guarantee funds in agriculture and rural development. Participants exchanged on the importance of pinpointing the exact needs of final recipients, as well as the type and size of instruments that would address them...

Supporting financial instruments through European Social Fund (ESF)

On the 21st of October 2015 financial instruments delivering the ESF were discussed at a seminar in Rome. This seminar was part of a series of seminars conducted in Paris, Rome and Warsaw. Around 80 participants attended the seminar in Rome. This shows high interest in financial instruments under the ESF. Following the opening and welcome speeches by Leonardo Colucci, European Commission and Pieter Coppens, European Investment Bank practical experiences on the use of financial instruments under the ESF were presented. This included three examples from Italy and one example from Lithuania...

Member States seminar series: Italy

On the 22nd of October 2015 financial instruments delivering ESI Funds were discussed at a seminar in Rome. This seminar was part of a series of seminars conducted in 25 EU Member States. Following the opening speech of Salvatore Vescina, Presidency of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic, practical experiences on the use of financial instruments were presented. This included the experience of supporting SMEs using guarantee schemes in Tuscany under the ERDF programme 2007-13, the experience of JEREMIE in Campania and the experiences of using JESSICA for urban development in Sardinia and Sicily...