on financial instruments under the European
fi-compass is a platform for advisory services
Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)
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be an important tool for boosting EU agriculture.
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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
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Events

European microfinance in the spotlight

Microfinance expertise from fi-compass was involved in five knowledge sharing sessions at the European Microfinance Network (EMN) Annual Conference in Warsaw on 16 and 17 June 2016. This support from fi-compass was provided through the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation Technical Assistance (EaSI TA).

Social innovation perspectives from Portugal

Financial instruments can be used by Member States to support social policy objectives. Experience from Portugal highlights how such socially-oriented revolving funds can help to fill gaps in the availability of finance for the growth of social innovation and social entrepreneurship projects.

Entrepreneurship for disadvantaged groups fostered by fi-compass microfinance workshop

On 31 May 2016, the European Parliament together with the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) Technical Assistance (TA) organised the ”Microfinance for all?” workshop in Bratislava to discuss the role of microfinance, entrepreneurship education and best practice learning for Slovakian entrepreneurs. The workshop aimed at exchanging examples of good practices on how to target micro and social enterprises among different public, private and non-profit stakeholders and on how to implement these practices for Slovakia. The current challenges in Slovakia, with high long-term unemployment rates, especially among youth and women, represent a call for action in the fields of microfinance as well as training and mentoring programmes to create an economic and social impact. The focus of the workshop was on disadvantaged groups that have so far been neglected in the country, e.g. people that are socially excluded or at risk of losing the job.

Placing farmers at the crossroad of investment decisions

The advantages of financial instruments as a means for future investment in the EU agricultural sector were emphasised at a fi-compass macro-regional seminar held in Rome on 13 June. More than 130 participants from 12 Member States, including experts from managing authorities, guarantee fund managers, bankers, investors, and consultants, took part in constructive talks on financial instruments supported by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), such as loans and guarantees, for agriculture and rural businesses.

fi-compass regional seminar promotes financial instruments for agriculture and rural development

The potential for financial instruments to provide a major boost to future investment in the EU agricultural sector was highlighted by a range of speakers at a fi-compass macro-regional seminar in Madrid on 31 May. Around 100 participants from more than 10 Member States took part in lively exchanges on the use of financial instruments supported by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), such as loans and guarantees, for agriculture and rural businesses.

Member States seminar series: Cyprus

Financial instruments delivering ESI Funds were discussed at a fi-compass seminar on 14 April 2016 in Nicosia, Cyprus. The seminar in Nicosia concluded this fi-compass series of advisory national seminars that have been taking place in almost all EU Member States since autumn 2015.

Member States seminar series: France

Financial instruments delivering ESI Funds were discussed at a seminar in Paris on 22 March 2016. This seminar was part of the series of national seminars that have been taking place in almost all EU Member States since autumn 2015.

Member States seminar series: Lithuania

Financial instruments delivering ESI Funds were discussed at a seminar organised by fi-compass in Vilnius, Lithuania on 17 March 2016. This event was part of a series of national seminars that have been taking place in most European Union Member States since autumn 2015.

Member States seminar series: Estonia

On 15 March 2016, financial instruments delivering ESI Funds were discussed at a seminar organised by fi-compass in Tallinn, Estonia. This event was part of a series of national seminars that have been taking place across the EU Member States since autumn 2015.

fi-compass events help to build knowhow in using financial instruments

The fi-compass seminar series is continuing to attract a wide range of participants who are interested in learning about financial instruments under the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). Some 2300 stakeholders have attended the fi-compass events to date.