23 Mar 2015
ACCESS TO CREDIT FOR FARMERS – 23 MARCHBrussels Daily
Conference: “EC-EIB co-operation in agriculture and rural development within the EU” (Brussels, 23/03/2015)
On 23 March 2015, the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) organised a joint event launching the co-operation between the two institutions in the field of agriculture and rural development.
This conference followed the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 14 July 2014.
This MoU provides for a close cooperation between the two institutions concerning the implementation of EU rural development policy as well as the research agenda of the Commission in the fields of agriculture, food and forestry, notably in view of fostering both policy areas by boosting the use of financial instruments.
Following the signature of the MoU, the Commission’s Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development and the EIB have developed a joint work programme, which was presented during the event.
The conference was opened by Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, and Wilhelm Molterer, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank.
In addition, the EIB Group presented its financial instrument for agriculture as well as its lending activities supporting rural development.
The newly created EC/EIB fi-compass advisory platform on financial instruments was also introduced.
- Presentation: “Support for EAFRD financial instruments from the EC/EIB fi-compass advisory platform 2015 and beyond“ [1014 KB] (Kieran Kearney, Advisory Services, EIB)
- Presentation: “The EIB’s lending activities in support of Rural Development” [2 MB] (Jane Feehan, Natural Resources and Agro-Industries Division, EIB)
Supporting EIB documents:
Fi-compass factsheets and relevant documents:
- “A sustainable way of achieving EU economic and social objectives (ESIF) with Financial instruments”
- “A short reference guide to managing authorities on Financial instruments in ESIF programmes 2014-2020”