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 – boosting social impact’, taking place on 8 and 9 March 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

The 2-day conference will be opened by Ms Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility. Further distinguished speakers will present at the conference key topics related to financing social inclusion and social impact investing in the 2014-2020 programming period in a variety of thematic sessions.

The target audience for this conference is:

  • ESF managing authorities from all EU Member States and regions,
  • Financial institutions directly involved in the design, implementation and promotion of financial instruments established under the ESF programmes or other EU funding sources, as well as their associations,
  • Other stakeholders involved and planning to become involved in the design, implementation and promotion of ESF financial instruments.

In this conference, participants can expect to get an overview on:

  • The recent developments in social impact investing and innovative financing solutions across the EU,
    The role of the EU and the ESF in social financing today and tomorrow,
  • How the effect of financial instruments on the development of social policies is perceived,
  • The opportunities provided by ESF financial instruments for EU Member States and regions,
  • Importance of microfinance in promoting self-employment and entrepreneurship,
  • How social entrepreneurship and social inclusion can be supported,
  • The support options available to Member States and managing authorities and on further support available from cooperation between the European Commission and European Investment Bank Group (EIB Group) for social inclusion and social impact.

Participants will hear concrete examples of the design and implementation of financial instruments and other financing solutions. They will also learn from experiences of the private sector as well as the EIB Group in realising investments on the ground.

The deadline for registration is Friday, 2 March 2018.

Learn more about the conference & register>>>