EIPA microfinance seminar 29-30 Mar 12

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Better access to microfinance using the EU microfinance initiatives

Brussels, 29-30 March 2012

at the Representation of the Molise Region, Toulousestraat 47 rue de Toulouse, Brussel 1040 Bruxelles



Attendance is free of charge. If you would like to attend, please contact mailto://stefano.battaggia@gmail.com. Capacity is limited.

Provisional programme

  • Target Group

The seminar is designed for policy makers and practitioners in public administrations, regional authorities, microfinance institutions, financial intermediaries, NGOs and chambers of commerce interested in encouraging new businesses, stimulating economic growth increasing the supply of microcredit. It is also relevant for actors managing unemployment, empowerment and social inclusion programmes.

  • Description

Traditionally, the term 'microcredit' is most commonly used in relation to developing countries. In Europe, microcredit (loans of less than € 25 000) is aimed at European micro-enterprises (enterprises employing fewer than 10 people) and disadvantaged persons (unemployed or inactive people, those receiving social assistance, immigrants, etc.) who wish to go into self-employment but do not have access to traditional banking services. The EU Programme for Social Change and Innovation (PSCI) is a new instrument to be managed directly by the European Commission, in support of employment and social policies across the EU. The total proposed budget for the microfinance and social entrepreneurship axis is around €192 million for the period 2014-2020. This two-day seminar will provide participants with an overview of EU and national rules. A specific focus will be dedicated to the funding opportunities. The participants will be provided with all the relevant information and tools necessary to play an active role in this process.

  • Objectives

At the end of the seminar the participants should have a sound grasp of how to make use of European funds available for microcredit projects, with an array of best practice examples of Progress Microfinance, JEREMIE, JASMINE, implementation and projects to draw inspiration from.

  • Method

The seminar will consist of a series of illustrated presentations and workshops given by EIPA lecturers, EC officials and external experts. There will be ample time for question and answer sessions, discussions and exchange of experience.


09.00 Welcome and introduction to the objectives and methodologies of the seminar - Cristiana Turchetti, National Seconded Expert, EIPA, Maastricht (NL) and Christophe Guene, SOFI, Brussels (BE)

09.15 Overview of EU funds for microcredit projects - Christophe Guene

11.15 Coffee break

11.30 Implementation of the European Progress Microfinance Facility and the CIP programme - Riccardo Aguglia, Senior Microfinance Investment Manager, EIF, Luxemburg (LU)

12.30 Lunch

14.00 Application of the JASMINE initiative - Riccardo Aguglia

15.00 Enactment of the JEREMIE initiative - N.N., EIF, Luxemburg

15.45 Coffee break

16.00 EU/ACP Microfinance Programme II in African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States - Michele Chiappini, Task Manager, EuropeAid Co-operation Office

16.45 Microcredit and the Forum on finance for the SMEs - Massimo Baldinato, Cabinet of European Commissioner Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission, Brussels (BE)

17.30 The code of good conduct - Philippe Delvaux, EC, DG Regio, Brussels (BE)

18.00 End of Day 1


09.00 The new European structural funds regulation and financial instruments 2014-2020 - Marco Lopriore, Senior Lecturer EIPA, Maastricht (NL)

10.00 ESF and microcredit: a practical approach - Claudio Spadon, European Commission, DG Employment, Brussels (BE)

10.45 Coffee break

11.00 Panel debate - Future outlook: the EU policy framework for microfinance in the 2014-2020 period

Andrea Maier, European Commission, DG Employment, Brussels (BE), Monica Salgado Fernandez, European Commission, DG Enterprise, Brussels (BE)

Moderator: Stefano Battaggia, Long Term Expert, EIPA, Brussels (BE)

12.30 End of seminar