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European Social Fund

Financial Instruments within the European Social Fund (ESF) in Italy - SELFIEmployment

In Italy, young entrepreneurs are benefiting from a financial instrument using the European Social Fund (ESF). This case study shows how the financial instrument makes public money go further and investing more affordable for businesses supporting youth who are not in education, employment or training (NEETs).

Second fi-compass ESF Conference ‘Financial instruments funded by the European Social Fund – boosting social impact’, 8 – 9 March 2018, Brussels

The European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL), supported by the European Investment Bank, is pleased to announce the Second fi-compass ESF Conference ‘Financial instruments funded by the European Social Fund – boosting social impact', taking place on 8 and 9 March 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

Promoting Entrepreneurship in Lithuania with the European Social Fund (ESF)

The case study explains a financial instrument from Lithuania that uses co-finance from the European Social Fund (ESF) to promote self-employment and entrepreneurship. This ESF financial instrument is focused on business start-ups and prioritises disadvantaged groups in order to fill financing gaps for these groups’ investment ideas. Our ‘Entrepreneurship Promotional Fund’ case study shows how local entrepreneurs were able to take advantage of low-interest loans from credit unions and free training to launch businesses.

ESF financial instruments supporting employment, entrepreneurship and social inclusion in the 2014-2020 programming period, 31 January 2018, Rome

Peer-to-peer exchange of practitioners on financial instruments under the European Social Fund (ESF) supporting employment, entrepreneurship and social inclusion in the 2014-2020 programming period was in the main focus on the fi-compass workshop on 31 January 2018 in Rome.

Exploring the scope of European Social Fund financial instruments

October saw the fi‑compass advisory services for European Social Fund (ESF) financial instruments focus on opportunities for 'social banking' as well as the importance of capacity building services (CBS) for ESF final recipients and managing authorities.

Madrid was the location for a fi-compass ESF workshop in early October that raised awareness about our fi‑compass CBS and provided advice about managing life cycle stages of ESF financial instruments.

The role of social financial intermediaries in the set-up of national or regional level ESF financial instrument products was main topic for discussion during an ESF event organised last month in Brussels.

The role of social financial intermediaries in deploying financial instruments under the European Social Fund in the 2014-2020 programming period, Brussels, 17 October 2017

With their focus in the social sector, Social Financial Intermediaries (SFIs) play an increasingly important role in the implementation of financial instruments under the European Social Fund (ESF) across the EU. Member State investment priorities and thematic objectives outlined in the ESF Operational Programmes (OP) can be effectively delivered through financial instruments. These financial instruments enable an efficient use of resources and SFIs add value to their implementation, especially when providing microfinance to final recipients.

Financial instruments promoting social inclusion

Experiences of designing, setting up and implementing European Social Fund (ESF) financial instruments supporting social inclusion were highlighted in a fi-compass workshop on 3 October 2017 in Madrid.

This second ESF thematic workshop in a series organised by fi-compass gave participants the opportunity to engage in peer-to-peer discussions, particularly on implementation of financial instruments supporting social inclusion and was based on two case studies.