Following the first European fi-compass conference on financial instruments under the EAFRD which took place in Dublin on 23-24 June 2015 and the seminars in Vienna (1 October 2015) and Riga (29 October 2015), a macro-regional fi-compass seminar EAFRD financial instruments for agriculture and rural development in 2014-2020 will be organised in Rome (13 June 2016). It will follow another seminar in Madrid (31 May 2016). Participants can expect to further their understanding of how Financial Instruments can help in their efforts to deliver the objectives of the EAFRD, including in field of agriculture and agri-business.
The seminar will be opened by Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development and Pim van Ballekom, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank. Further high-level participation is expected from the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, Italy, including Maurizio Martina, Minister of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies.
Participants can expect to further their understanding of how financial instruments can help in their efforts to deliver the objectives of the EAFRD, including in field of agriculture and agri-business.
The purpose of the seminar is:
- to provide Member States and managing authorities with an opportunity to learn more about the advantages, features and suitability of financial instruments in delivering Rural Development Programme objectives;
- to provide the opportunity to discuss in depth the technical challenges that the managing authorities and the Member States are facing at the moment in regards the design and set up of financial instruments; and
- to present the range of support available from fi-compass, as well as from European Commission and European Investment Bank co-operation in general.
Participants will hear concrete examples from investors and managing authorities on the implementation of financial instruments in agriculture and rural development and the advisory and other support available from fi-compass and the EC, EIB and EIF in realising financial instruments on the ground. Strong audience interaction is foreseen through panel sessions with high-level participation, question and answer segments as well as roundtables. Italian interpretation will be provided at this event.
The preliminary programme is available for download.
Video impressions from one of our previous events on financial instruments under EAFRD can be found here.