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1st European Microfinance Day - 20 October

The European Microfinance Day will be opened by Commissioner Thyssen on 19 October...

European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

Riga will be the venue for a fi-compass regional seminar about EAFRD financial instruments for agriculture and rural development on 29 October...

European Social Fund

fi-compass seminars on ESF financial instruments will take place in Rome on 21 October and Warsaw on 4 November. A fi-compass conference on ESF financial instruments will take place in Brussels on 9 December 2015. Microfinance and the ESF will be the topic of a fi-compass event in Brussels on 10 December 2015...

Microfinance for universities

Microfinance instruments can be useful sources of support for Microcredit Institutions pursuing 'Responsible Inclusive Finance and Customer Empowerment'. This topic was discussed during a dedicated workshop held in Germany last week at the annual ‘University Meets Microfinance’ initiative. Funded by fi-compass EaSI Technical Assistance, the event attracted more than 60 participants and featured advice about important microfinance issues such as implementing Social Performance Management, Client Protection, Financial Literacy and the European Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Provision. See the workshop's programme for further information about the event.

Action plan for financial instruments

Systematic approaches to the planning of financial instruments can help to improve their effectiveness. A new short reference guide from fi-compass structures the life cycle of a financial instrument along four logical phases (design, set‑up, implementation and winding‑up). This 16 page reference guide is relevant for all ESIF financial instruments and it summarises the main activities of each phase to ensure a comprehensive and efficient process. Sources of further information and references to key regulatory considerations are also featured in the new short reference guide. Find out more: Developing an action plan.

Increase your knowledge about financial instruments

A new series of fi-compass seminars is now open for registration. These events will provide information about opportunities from ESI Fund financial instruments in different Member States. Specialised events focused on particular ESI Funds are also now open for registration. Places currently available include fi-compass events during October and November in Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia and Spain. Similar fi-compass seminars will take place in all other EU Member States over the next few months so keep an eye on the events registration page for details of a fi-compass seminar near you.

Anna Muterko from the Conference on Financial Instruments for delivery of the ERDF and the Cohesion Fund, Vienna

fi-compass organised a conference in Vienna on Financial Instruments for delivery of the ERDF and the Cohesion Fund. Anna Muterko, from the Managing Authority ERDF/IGJ Austria (ÖROK, Austrian Conference on Spatial Planning) commented: “I was especially interested to learn more about the EC Guidance Notes and the reasoning behind some of the provisions and how to implement them. The event allowed me to learn more about the set-up of Financial Instruments in other Member States and to hear how other Managing Authorities managed to overcome the challenges they faced with respect to their instruments. In general, my impression of the conference in Vienna was very good.

Register for Dublin EAFRD Conference

Registration is now open for first European fi-compass Conference on Financial Instruments under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The Conference will take place in Dublin on 23 and 24 June 2015. Participants can expect to further their understanding of how financial instruments can help in their efforts to deliver EAFRD objectives. They will also learn how new initiatives, including fi-compass and also EC-EIB co-operation in Agriculture and Rural Development, can support their efforts to implement financial instruments. The conference will be opened by statements from Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Wilhelm Molterer, Vice President of the EIB and Czesław Adam Siekierski, Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, European Parliament.

The new advisory hub online

The new fi-compass webportal is NOW LIVE! The platform is offering a wide range of resources for Member States, managing authorities, financial institutions, project leaders and all stakeholders. There is a wealth of useful tools accessible on the website, including a short illustrative video on the benefits of financial instruments and an explanatory factsheet on how they work...

Share your expertise and get involved

Sharing best practices will be a great way to improve the performance of financial instruments under the new Investment Plan. If you have used financial instruments successfully or if you would like to contribute to the fi-compass platform, please get in touch by writing to us...