Content related to all 28 European Member States

Factsheet (Financial gap in the EU agricultural sector)

This report offers a first look into the financial gap for agricultural enterprises for short-term and for medium and long-term loans. It is based on established European Commission methodology (Ex-ante assessment of the EU SME Initiative, 2013) and incorporates improved calculations. The input variables are based on updated data from Eurostat, the Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN) provided by DG AGRI and the SAFE survey. Wherever specific data for the agricultural sector was not available, approximations were used.

Manual (Scoping study for the use of financial instruments under the EMFF and related advisory support activities)

The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) policy framework emphasises the need for more use of financial instruments in 2014-2020: the overall aim is therefore to deliver more ESIF funding through financial instruments in the future. To help achieve this, the European Commission, in partnership with the EIB, has set up a single advisory platform on ESIF financial instruments for the programming period 2014-2020. This advisory platform is called fi-compass.

fi-compass Knowledge Hub - Two new notes of workshop on Selection and Combination

Two new fi-compass notes of workshop have been published following ‘the fi-compass Knowledge Hub’ sessions on the selection of financial intermediaries and the combination of financial instruments with grants. This series of events was developed to meet the growing need amongst expert practitioners for events and materials that provide a more in-depth look into topics related to financial instruments.

Regional policy financial instruments ready to meet the EU challenges


Nearly 600 participants from all across Europe tuned in to the 2020 flagship fi-compass online conference titled ‘Regional policy financial instruments ready to meet the EU challenges’. The online conference was organised by European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) in partnership with the European Investment Bank (EIB) on 1-2 December 2020. Watch this video summary of the conference to hear from speakers and practitioners.

#ficompass2021 Advancing financial instruments in the next programming period

fi-compass launched a dedicated webpage, which provides easy access to the resources relating to the implementation of financial instruments in the 2021-2027 programming period.

The #ficompass2021 webpage has been designed to be a one stop shop for 2021-2027 resources, including links to relevant regulations and fi-compass publications, including several important market studies in sectors including SMEs, energy efficiency, agriculture and agri-food and crowdfunding.