Leveraging EU Funding for Social Finance Providers

  September 21, 2020     15:30 -  16:15  

The coming year, 2021, brings with it a new programming period and the necessity of strong investments to repair the immediate socio-economic damage brought by the Coronavirus pandemic and to kickstart the recovery. On the 27th of May 2020, the European Commission (EC) proposed a major recovery plan to face the social and economic consequences of this pandemic. In these challenging times, it is more useful than ever to understand the policy framework within the social economy ecosystem, the role of Social Economy Action Plan and the future financial possibilities to support social enterprises.

At the same time, it is critical to address and explain the mechanisms under which various financial instruments will be accessible for investors. Following this session, we will become aware of the current EU tools available to support the Member States in investments and reforms, and to strengthen the EU economy by incentivising private investments.

With high-level speakers from the European Commission and its financial partners, this workshop will mainly aim to showcase the financial instruments within the EFSI and EaSi programme. Besides this, the session will tackle the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+), and the financial instruments under this programme. Finally, it will be presented the role of the technical support received through Advisory Hub during the current period and the challenges for the coming one. During this workshop our speakers will explain the EU process of negotiation for the new structure and financial distribution of InvestEU within the wider social impact investment ecosystem, and will highlight which are the future financial expectations for mobilising public and private investments in order to reach the future European policy objectives.

Session format: workshop


How to join this session?

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Meet the speakers

Bianca Polidoro

Policy Manager, EVPA

Ann Branch

Head of Unit, European Commission

Frank Lee

Head of Division – Advisory Services, EIB

Andrea Leruste

Deputy Head of Unit for ESF & FEAD policy and legislation, DG EMPL, European Commission