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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...

Member States seminar series: Latvia

On the 30th of October 2015, financial instruments delivering ESI Funds were discussed at a seminar in Riga, Latvia. This seminar was part of a series of seminars which will be conducted in 25 EU Member States into 2016. At the seminar in Riga, a total of 79 people took part and these participants included representatives from managing authorities as well as the banking and consultancy sectors. Following the opening speech by Mr Ašeradens, Parliamentary Secretary at the Latvian...

Microfinance Center Conference: “Employment, Youth and Investment: What can Microfinance do?”

Prague, 4-6 November 2015 - EaSI TA: Dissemination of Microfinance Best Practice within European Pre-established Events - The annual Microfinance Centre (MFC) Conference is considered to be one of the top regional microfinance conferences worldwide and is highly regarded by microfinance stakeholders. This year, the MFC 2015 Conference is taking place in Prague in November 2015. It gathers over 450 microfinance stakeholders (including microfinance institutions, researchers and policy makers) to take a critical look at the important issues of the day and to debate key choices facing the sector.

European Microfinance Week 2015: “Financial Inclusion for Sustainable Development”

Luxembourg, 18-20 November 2015 - EaSI TA: Dissemination of Microfinance Best Practice within European Pre-established Events - The European Microfinance Week is a major annual event of the microfinance industry in Europe hosting high level and in-depth discussions by all sectors of the European microfinance community (banks and financial institutions, government agencies, NGO's, consulting firms, researchers and universities) working in developing countries. It is organized by the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) and supported by the government of Luxembourg. 300 participants are expected to attend the 2015 session titled “Financial Inclusion for Sustainable Development”.

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.