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Seminars and Conferences

Coordination Committee Workshop on Financial Instruments
Brussels, Belgium: 26 October 2012

Brief Summary

This workshop aims to help raise awareness amongst rural development stakeholders about the opportunities and considerations involved in creating and utilising financial instruments in rural development programmes during the next programming period (2014-2020).

An information gap exists about the strategic value of financial instruments as tools for stimulating rural development and for tackling the challenges presented by the global economic and financial crisis.

The scope of this workshop is to explain why, when, where and how different types of financial instruments can be used to contribute to the European Union's rural development policy objectives and to help achieve the goals set out by the Europe2020 strategy.

The presentations and discussions will draw on experience gained by various EU funds and policies and managers coordinating financial instruments at local, regional and national level will highlight key lessons learned. The workshop will also provide the latest information on the financial instrument provisions in the context of the Common Strategic Framework (CSF), including changes in the regulations.