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services on financial instruments under the
fi-compass is a unique platform for advisory
for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI).
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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
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Events

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.

Flagship fi-compass events will focus on the European Social Fund

One of the year’s biggest gatherings of people involved in using financial instruments for the European Social Fund (ESF) will take place next month in Brussels. Two days of back-to-back advisory events will take place on February 2nd and February 3rd. Each of these free-of-charge events will bring together a useful mix of different experiences from around the EU in using ESF financial instruments.

fi-compass seminars underway and warmly welcomed

Since September we have run 14 successful fi-compass seminars in 12 different Member States and our seminar series continues in 2016 with a further 17 events in the pipeline. 

Personal perspectives from the fi-compass community of practice

Our collection of video 'snapshot' interviews featuring personal perspectives from people involved in ESIF financial instruments is growing. Some of these have been mentioned elsewhere in articles from this edition of the Beacon newsletter, and you can see the first ten interviews with your peers on our fi-compass YouTube channel.

Guarantees for Europe’s agriculture and rural development sector

Member States are being encouraged to more than double the amount of financial instruments that use the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). Regional seminars in Riga and Vienna, as well as first European conference in Dublin have already taken place, organised by fi-compass in support of this goal. 

Promoting financial instruments with social and employment purposes

The fi-compass European Social Fund (ESF) work stream offers a range of advisory services and support to managing authorities, financial intermediaries and other stakeholders wishing to know how financial instruments can be used to deliver ESF objectives. One aspect of this advisory support is the organisation of regional ESF seminars in Member States such as those conducted since September in Paris, Rome and Warsaw. 

Member States seminar series: Greece

On the 3rd of December 2015, financial instruments delivering ESI Funds were discussed at a seminar in Athens, Greece. This seminar was part of a series of seminars which will be conducted in 24 EU Member States into 2016.

Member States seminar series: Croatia

On the 24th of November 2015, financial instruments delivering ESI Funds were discussed at a seminar in Zagreb, Croatia. This seminar was part of a series of seminars which will be conducted in 24 EU Member States into 2016.

Member States seminar series: Spain

On the 18th of November 2015, financial instruments delivering ESI Funds were discussed at a seminar in Madrid, Spain. This seminar was part of a series of seminars which will be conducted in 25 EU Member States into 2016.

Member States seminar series: Czech Republic

On the 10th of November 2015, financial instruments delivering ESI Funds were discussed at a seminar in Prague, Czech Republic. This seminar was part of a series of seminars which will be conducted in 25 EU Member States into 2016. Sixty-four people participated in the seminar in Prague, including representatives from managing authorities as well as from the banking and consultancy sectors...