European Commission reporting template for financial instruments – online learning for managing authorities

All managing authorities using European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) are required by Article 46 of the Common Provisions Regulation (No 1303/2013, CPR) to send the European Commission a specific report covering their operations comprising ESIF financial instruments. Implementing Regulation (EU) No 821/2014 includes further details on the reporting obligations.

New advisory services from fi-compass

The new 2016-2018 work programme has been launched by fi-compass. The new advisory services build on the achievements of the first fi-compass work programme, which include a successful series of capacity building events and the publication of many new learning resources about European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) financial instruments, as well as the continuation of the Employment and Social Innovation programme technical assistance (EaSI TA).

First ESI Fund financial instruments combined with EFSI

Previous news stories from fi-compass have highlighted the use of financial instruments from the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) in combination with complementary instruments from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). News about the European Commission’s guidelines on combining ESIF and EFSI have also been featured for fi-compass stakeholders. A summary of these guidelines is available in 23 EU languages. They explain that EFSI can invest side-by-side with ESI Funds in Member States to help mobilise large financial volumes to generate growth and create jobs.

Promoting economically viable financial instruments for public infrastructure

European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) programmes can use financial instruments to develop public infrastructure projects that are economically viable and capable of paying back the support provided.  In the current ESIF period this includes among other things improving: transport and energy networks; high-speed internet; community facilities; water quality; and waste management. ESIF financial instruments can be designed by Member States to make beneficial and viable infrastructure improvements happen at national, regional, and local levels. Hence, our recent survey of managing authorities and other financial instrument stakeholders confirmed Member States’ interest in knowhow about public infrastructure investments.

Assessing the value added of loan funds in the agricultural sector - Interview with Szilvia Bencze on Hungary’s programming in 2014-2020

Szilvia Bencze works at the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture and she presented her managing authority’s experience with financial instruments for rural development at the fi-compass seminars in Latvia and Dublin.