On 23 March 2015, the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) organised a joint event launching the co-operation between the two institutions in the field of agriculture and rural development.
This conference followed the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 14 July 2014.
This MoU provides for a close cooperation between the two institutions concerning the implementation of EU rural development policy as well as the research agenda of the Commission in the fields of agriculture, food and forestry, notably in view of fostering both policy areas by boosting the use of financial instruments.
Following the signature of the MoU, the Commission's Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development and the EIB have developed a joint work programme, which was presented during the event.
The conference was opened by Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, and Wilhelm Molterer, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank.
In addition, the EIB Group presented its financial instrument for agriculture as well as its lending activities supporting rural development.
The newly created EC/EIB fi-compass advisory platform on financial instruments was also introduced.
"Work programme under the EC–EIB MoU on agriculture and rural development" (Mihail Dumitru, Deputy-Director General, DG Agriculture and Rural Development)
"Guarantee Instrument for Agriculture" (Ioannis Tsakiris, Institutional Business Development Division, EIF)
"EIB's lending activities in support of rural development" (Jane Feehan, Natural Resources and Agro-Industry Division, EIB)
"Support for EAFRD financial instruments from the EC/EIB fi-compass advisory platform" (Kieran Kearney, Advisory Services, EIB)
Supporting EIB documents:
Fi-compass factsheets and relevant documents: