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   October 2016

Cooperation Catches On During This Summer’s Events

Two events aiming at promoting and stimulating cooperation among local action groups took place this summer. This resulted in a new Cooperation Agreement between four FLAGs at the Festival of Slovenian Local Action Groups as well as transnational cooperation ideas and strategies brought forward at the LEADER Transnational Cooperation Fair in Estonia.

In late August, over 200 participants took part in a three-day LEADER Transnational Cooperation Fair organised by the Estonian Rural Support Unit with the aim of promoting cooperation between LAGs and FLAGs. On the first day, presentations were made on CLLD transnational cooperation principles and regulations in different Nordic and Baltic states: Denmark, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden. Partnership activities were organized around the following themes: entrepreneurship, youth and networking. Twelve thematic workshops took place on the second day during which FARNET’s Geographical Expert for Finland, Petri Rinne, led a workshop on coastal development. FLAG and LAG cooperation projects were presented and participants brainstormed on possible transnational cooperation ideas then voted on the main themes needing further development. Examples include:

  • Adding value to fisheries products
  • Exchange of good practice related with aquaculture
  • Improving the profitability of fisheries & attracting the youth to business in fisheries

For more details, see the LEADER Transnational Cooperation Fair’s agenda

In early September, some 120 participants gathered for the two-day Festival of Slovenian Local Action Groups, organized by the Slovenian Rural Development Network. The event consisted of a conference and exhibitions with the intention of developing cooperation projects between LAGs and FLAGs and promoting regional initiatives at international level.

A highlight of the event was the signing of a Cooperation Agreement between four neighbouring FLAGs. The Agreement was signed by the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia FLAG (Italy), the LAGUR “Istarski škvoj” FLAG (Croatia), the ALBA FLAG (Croatia) and the ISTRIA FLAG (Slovenia). The FARNET Support Unit will help the FLAGs see that cooperation projects are put into action between the four FLAGs.

For more details, see the Festival of Slovenian Local Action Groups’ agenda



Galicia Publishes the First Cooperation Call

FLAG managers, FLAG presidents, regional MAs, fishermen and other stakeholders from Galicia, Asturias and Northern Portugal gathered on September 19th in Santiago de Compostela to discuss possible cooperation projects. This event was organised at the initiative of the Galician MA (Xunta de Galicia) following the cooperation call that was opened earlier this month to Galician FLAG. The conference was set up to encourage cooperation among Galicia, Asturias and Northern Portugal FLAGs. FARNET was present to demonstrate the possibilities for cooperation under the EMFF and lessons learned from the past period.

Interactive sessions were held during the meeting in order to identify any barriers and needs regarding cooperation. The sessions were organised under four themes: adding value to fisheries products, diversification, environment and governance to discuss on possible synergies and address common challenges for fisheries areas under cooperation projects. This call for cooperation projects foresees a total amount of €321 427.


6-7 October
Fish Market 2016 “International workshop on downstream fish passage best practices and innovations at hydropower stations” - Link
Roermond, NL

13 October
3rd Atlantic Action Plan National Event in France - Link
Brest, FR

18 October
European Commission - Regional Cruise Dialogue for the Baltic - Link
Copenhagen, DK

18-20 October 2016
"Boosting business along the fisheries supply chain": the next FARNET transnational seminar announced in Thessaloniki, Greece - Link
Thessaloniki, GR

18-20 October 2016
BioMarine Business Convention - Link
Oslo, NO

25 - 29 October
Littoral 2016 "The changing littoral. Anticipation and adaptation to climate change" - Link
Biarritz, FR

21 November
World Fisheries Day - Link

23-24 November
MA and NN of fisheries CLLD Meeting
Brussels, BE

23-24 November
2nd Baltic Maritime Spatial Planning Forum 2016 - Link
Riga, LV

Other news
European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days) on 11-14 October 2016: Three CLLD-themed workshops
During the upcoming European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC), some 100 sessions, seminars and meetings will be organised around ‘Regions and cities for sustainable and inclusive growth’ and following three themes: sustained and sustainable economic growth, inclusive economic growth and lessons learned from past experience with ESI Funds. As a main focus of three workshops, CLLD is a prominent theme of the week’s programme. Click here to read more.
The Blue Economy Business & Science Forum: 12-13 September in Hamburg
The European Commission organised the first summit of the Blue Economy Business and Science Forum which gathered around 200 participants at the International Maritime Museum in Hamburg. The event also hosted the ceremony for DG MARE’s Blue Economy Business Awards 2016, rewarding those who have made contributions in developing innovation in the Blue Economy. Click here to read more.
FARNET’s new Guide on "Results-oriented CLLD" lays out specific requirements regarding planning, delivering and evaluating FLAG work and aims to support FLAGs in building this results-orientation into their everyday work. Taking into account that FLAGs are at different stages of preparing and/or implementing their LDSs, the guide is broken down into six flagsheets. The guide serves as a tool to help FLAGs reach and improve the results of CLLD in their area.
Commissioner Vella announced the EU will host the global Our Ocean 2017 conference in Malta next year
The announcement was made during this year’s conference on September 15th in Washington DC, hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry and addressed by US President Barack Obama. This choice is a significant recognition of the efforts of Commissioner Vella, and the EU as a whole, to help deliver international cooperation on ocean issues. Find out more.
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