Europäische Struktur- und Investitionsfonds
25.06.2018 - 27.06.2018 |
Sprache: Deutsch

How to Use Financial Instruments Effectively – Key Features and Practical Advice

The current policy framework for ESI Funds emphasises the need for a significant use of financial instruments with multiplied amounts of ESIF resources delivered to SMEs and other final recipients. Managing authorities within all ESI Funds are currently establishing and implementing the new financial instruments in forms of loans, guarantees, equity and quasi equity. During these processes, ESIF experts need to be aware not only of the Common Provision Regulation but also of the public procurement and State aid regulations.

The Commission also supports the use of Financial Instrument by providing off-the-shelf instruments and enabling the managing authorities to get involved in the centrally-managed Financial Instrument such as Horizon 2020, COSME, InnvoFin and the SME Initiative. Additionally, synergies are possible with resources under the Juncker Plan or European Fund for Strategic Investments.

The possibilities to combine different sources of funding on the programme and project level are in focus of Managing Authorities and other bodies involved in the implementation of financial instruments across Europe.

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Lexxion’s three-day advanced Summer Course offers the perfect opportunity to meet and discuss the current challenges for set-up and implementation of financial instruments. Participate in in-depth presentations and exchange good practices on topics such as:

Day 1

  • Regulatory framework and set-up requirements
  • How to combine the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) with your FIs?
  • Selection of financial intermediaries
  • Monitoring  requirements for a Managing Authority
  • Financial control and verifications of FI
  • Practical Exercise on the Verification of FI

Day 2

  • Public procurement compliance and competitive calls
  • Compliance with State Aid rules and using de minimis aid
  • Specific GBER requirements applying to FIs
  • Risk finance guidelines and specific provisions of art. 21 GBER

Day 3

  • Combination of using Grants with FIs
  • Best Practices on Project Level – Using Loans
  • Guarantees: Theory and Practical Examples
  • How does an Equity Fund works in terms of rules? – Equity Fund Practice
  • Case studies included in several Sessions
  • Interactive discussion rounds and solving sessions


Our Summer Course will combine lectures, tutorials, case studies and discussion on practical problems. As a participant you will be actively involved in the course and be able to present your own problematic issues. The different perspectives of our experienced trainers will support to apply the complex rules to real case and a mix of learning methods will be applied in the course to achieve the best results.

Just send to us your cases and questions in advance!
We will forward them to our speakers, who will include your issues in the programme and answer them during the training. All information concerning such problems and cases will be treated confidentially.

Who should participate?

    • Representatives from public authorities in charge of implementation and management of Technical Assistance for ESI Funds 2014-2020, especially from:
      • Managing Authorities
      • Certifying Authorities
      • Audit Authorities
      • Intermediate Bodies
      • Regional and local authorities
      • Beneficiaries of EU funded projects:
        • Private and public companies
        • Associations
        • Research institutes
    • Bodies working in European Territorial Cooperation
    • Public and private banks and other financial intermediaries

Course Material – No need to miss anything!

If you are unable to make it to the summer course you may want to order a copy of the printed material including the access data to all presentations shown during the event. The price is € 299,- (excl. of VAT). If interested, please contact us.


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