COPIE @ EU Commission conference on: 'Inclusive entrepreneurship – Obstacles and Opportunities for Job creation in Europe'

The conference, which will be opened by Koos Richelle, Director General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission, will give the opportunity to listen to experiences from entrepreneurs from all over Europe and the views of academics on obstacles and enablers of business and thus job creation in Europe.

In the afternoon, good practices from across the EU to address these obstacles will be presented in three parallel workshops on how to

Forum on 'Microfinance in Germany and Europe' in Berlin on June 20-21, 2012

The German Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the German Microfinance Institute (DMI) will host a two-day forum on 'Microfinance in Germany and Europe' in Berlin on June 21, 2012. As a result of a 30month project of gathering in-depth information and case studies from across Europe, the Forum will take the chance to present current European trends in microfinance to a wider public audience. It will specifically address the following three aspects:

- Trend 1: Quality - Providing security for clients and capital

COPIE Access to Finance Peer Review Germany - Report

On October 6-7, 2011, COPIE members of the Thematic Working Group on Access to Finance and additional partners from Europe met in Berlin for a two-day peer review.
The meeting report is now available for download below.

Seminar on 'Better Access to Finance - Using the EU Microfinance Initiatives' on March 29-30, 2012 in Brussels

On March 29-30, the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) hosts a two-day seminar in Brussels which is entirely dedicated to EU initiatives in microfinance.

The seminar is designed for policy makers and practitioners in public administrations, regional authorities, microfinance institutions, financial intermediaries, NGOs and chambers of commerce interested in encouraging new businesses, stimulating economic growth increasing the supply of microcredit. It is also relevant for actors managing unemployment, empowerment and social inclusion programmes.

Germany starts new national marketing campaign on microfinance

This month, Germany's partners of the German Microfinance Fund have launched a new national campaign on microfinance. The new website http://www.mein-mikrokredit.de/ provides information for business starters on conditions and modalities of the German microfinance scheme. In addition, it features a number of illustrative case studies from successful entrepreneurs.

Microfinance Europe Award 2012

Giordano Dell’Amore Foundation and COPIE's strategic partner European Microfinance Network are glad to announce

COPIE partners and ESF Managing Authorities from across Europe met for Technical Workshop in Brussels in Dec 2011

On December 15-16, 2011 ESF Flanders hosted a two day technical workshop in Brussels for ESF managing Authorities to provide feedback on a draft version of the ESF Manual on Access to Finance written by the German Microfinance Institute (DMI).

The aim of the Manual is to combine relevant information, considerations, experience, tools and examples relevant for the design of microfinance operations under the ESF.

Access to Finance

The main objectives of this group are to examine ESF intervention in support for microfinance in Europe; to identify and review current practices; and to make suggestions for future ESF intervention. The core members of this group include the Czech Republic, Germany, Flanders, Lithuania and Spain.