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The fi-compass manual ‘Crowdfunding and ESF opportunities: future perspectives for managing authorities’ explores how to set up financial instruments in support of projects that seek finance through crowdfunding campaigns. This manual sets out to familiarise managing authorities and crowdfunding industry with each other, highlighting the mutual benefits of enhanced cooperation. Building on ground-breaking experiences in the EU, the manual analyses the challenges and opportunities of setting up financial instruments that are delivered alongside or through crowdfunding platforms.

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This document captures the key topics identified and discussed in the fi-compass Knowledge Hub – State aid workshop. Some of the State aid challenges considered by the participants included:

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This fi-compass study aims to support EAFRD managing authorities in planning and programming the use of financial instruments in their CAP Strategic Plans for the 2021-2027 programming period.

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Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs) are contractual arrangements typically between a building owner and an energy service company (‘ESCO’), where the ESCO invests in energy efficiency measures and guarantees energy savings over the duration of the contract. By linking compensation to the performance of the implemented projects, the client pays for actual savings and not for the investment. This report describes the key features of EPC, its advantages and how ESIF financial instruments can help upscale the EPC market in the future.

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This fi-compass factsheet aims to assist the mobilisation of ESIF financial instruments, including in combination with grants, to respond to the COVID-19 health crisis and its social and economic impact. It describes the new flexibilities under the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative (CRII) and CRII Plus and how they can be used to facilitate support through ESIF financial instruments to ensure the continued supply of affordable finance to individuals and businesses most affected by the crisis. 

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This study focuses on sectors in which financial instruments have been under-utilised in the 2014-2020 programming period. The reasons for this are considered and potential investment opportunities for the 2014-2020 programming period are identified. The report also identifies sectors where new investment opportunities are expected to arise in the future. The report goes on to consider the scope to expand financial instruments in these sectors in the short and medium-term, including in the 2021-2027 programming period.