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.