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EU budget: a new Social Fund and Globalisation Adjustment Fund

For the next long-term EU budget, the European Commission proposes to further strengthen the Union’s social dimension with a renewed European Social Fund, the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+), and a strengthened and more effective European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF). For the period 2021-2027, the European Social Fund Plus would be worth €101.2 billion, and the Globalisation Adjustment Fund €1.6 billion. Both ...

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Macedonia hosted the 3rd Regional forum: Human resources in Microfinance

On May 13-14, 2018, the Alliance of Microfinance Organizations hosted the 3rd regional microfinance forum “Human resources in Microfinance-Current trends and challenges in the region”, following the first regional forum “Financial inclusion through Microfinance-Current condition, status and challenges” from 2016 and the second regional forum “Payment Services-The role of non-banking microfinance organizations” from 2017. The forum, attended by HR managers ...

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Call for Proposals: evaluation of MFC’s partnership with the European Commission

The Microfinance Centre looks for a consultant to conduct the evaluation of its 2018-2021 Strategic Partnership Agreement Framework with the European Commission. Consultants are herewith invited to present their application for the external evaluation of the project “European level networks active in the promotion of access to finance (microfinance and social enterprise finance)” for the years 2018 – 2021. The ...

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The European Commission: Call for Applications for the Expert Group on Social Economy and Social Enterprises

   Application deadline: 18 May 2018 The European Commission’s Directorate – General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (“DG GROW”) has set up a group of experts on social economy and social enterprises. The purpose of this new group will be to discuss and agree on developing and strengthening actions related to the implementation  of  five pillars: access to finance, access ...

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Give your feedback for EC: A simplified prospectus for companies and investors in Europe

Feedback period: 24 April 2018 – 22 May 2018 The European Commission would like to hear your views about a simplified prospectus for companies and investors in Europe. A prospectus is a legal document that describes a company’s main line of business, its finances and shareholding structure the securities that are being issued and/or admitted to trading It contains the ...

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Building New Foundations in Housing Microfinance: European Microfinance Award 2017 summary

The latest European Dialogue published by the European Microfinance Platform presents the picture of the trends and some of the most interesting initiatives underway in the housing microfinance sector that were submitted for the European Microfinance Award 2017. MFC staff: Katarzyna Pawlak and Ewa Bańkowska, had a privilege to be part of the award process as expert consultants. The publication is the compilation of the ...

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Assessing the European market of Microfinance

The study Assessing the European market potential of business microcredit and the associated funding needs of non-bank MFIs depict a huge potential demand for small business loans across the EU-28 members states and the dynamism of a sector that needs adequate support to ensure a wider outreach to the underserved to deliver on its mandate to improve social and financial ...

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MFC Members meeting in Bulgaria

MFC Members in Bulgaria met last week to discuss MFC’s new strategy. The strategy calls for reinventing social finance in the digital era and pledges to strengthen MFC members’ business and social performance through digitalization strategies and technology practises. MFC members in Bulgaria voiced their support the new strategy but cautioned against engagement with commercially oriented fintech.

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Public consultation on the review of the SME definition

New open public consultation launched by the European Commission on 6 February 2018. The consultation is about the definition of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). The results of the consultation will be an important input for the evaluation and possible revision of some aspects of the SME definition that applies across EU policy areas*.   Consultation period: 6 February 2018 ...

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Join fi-compass ESF Conference about Financial instruments

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

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