These provider guidelines are intended to support microcredit providers (‘the providers’) wanting to implement the European Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Provision’ (‘the Code’). The guidance is aimed at management and staff of microcredit providers, but stakeholders and the evaluators may also find it useful. The main purpose of the document is to provide a clear overview of the Code and the evaluation process, to offer guidelines for implementing the Code and to offer guidelines for assessing the applicability of, and compliance with, the clauses of the Code.
The European Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Provision
The Code is a key requirement for using EU funding to ensure the citizen’s money is used effectively and to promote good practice. It is a set of good practice and standards guidelines in terms of information management, governance, risk management, reporting, and consumer and investor relations that are common to the microcredit sector in the EU.
Interim evaluation of the European progress microfinance facility
The evaluation serves as an interim evaluation of the European Progress Microfinance Facility, which aims to increase access to finance for microentrepreneurs, including the self-employed. It has a particular focus on, but is not restricted to, groups with limited access to the conventional credit market, such as female entrepreneurs, young entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs belonging to a minority group, entrepreneurs with a disability, etc.
This publication is available only in electronic format in EN.
EaSI - New EU umbrella programme for employment and social policy
EaSI, the new pan-European programme for employment and social policy, will help the EU deliver more coherent policy, encourage job mobility and provide targeted microfinance to the more vulnerable. Merging PROGRESS, EURES and PROGRESS Microfinance into one umbrella programme, EaSI will help deliver new jobs and sustainable growth more efficiently by putting the emphasis on social innovation. Find out how in this brochure, which will be available in printed format in all EU official languages.
Progress Microfinance - Portraits of entrepreneurs
The European Progress Microfinance Facility (Progress Microfinance), launched in 2010, aims to increase access to microfinance throughout Europe. Microfinance is a vital tool in encouraging growth, giving people who might not otherwise have the opportunity the chance to realise their entrepreneurial ambitions. The Progress Microfinance leaflet gives an overview of the ways in which the initiative promotes employment and social inclusion in Europe and details how people can apply for microcredit. It shows portraits of entrepreneurs across Europe who have already benefited from the Progress Microfinance. The leaflet is available in printed format in 22 EU official languages and in electronic format in Irish.