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FARNET Managing Authorities meeting 19-20.11.2014

Axis 4 Managing Authorities met in Brussels to exchange on key issues involved in finalising their EMFF Operational Programmes for the new period and moving towards implementation. The meeting included an update from DG Mare on the state of play with regards to programming CLLD under the different ESI funds, as well as a presentation on the Atlantic Action Plan and Atlantic Stakeholder platform, offering participants an opportunity to reflect on how their EMFF and CLLD strategies linked up with broader maritime basin strategies. The meeting then moved on to smaller, practical working groups addressing the following themes: FLAG transition and mobilising preparatory support; transferring the EMFF regulation into practice and National/Regional legislation; the steps to plan for when selecting the new round of FLAGs; and setting up national FLAG networks. A further session was dedicated to reflecting on the type of support MAs required in the future in order to be more effective in their programming and implementing of fisheries CLLD.

Report of the meeting 
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
13.30 - 14.00


14.00 - 14.30

Welcome and setting the scene

Brief overview of the latest developments on ESI funds and CLLD by the Commission.

14.30 - 15.45

EFF – EMFF state of play

Overview from the EC

  • EFF delivery, priorities, milestones
  • EMFF OP state of play, process, expected milestones etc.
  • State of play in Member States

Implementing UP 4, practical considerations from the FSU

16.15 - 16.45

Atlantic Action Plan and Stakeholder Platform 

16.45 - 17.45

First round of parallel sessions on (a) OP trilaterals, (b) Fisheries areas networks and practical considerations 

18.00-19.30Social Event
Thursday, 20 November 2014
09.00 - 10.00

Second round of OP trilaterals

10.00 - 11.00

Third round of parallel sessions (a) OP trilaterals, (b) Fisheries areas networks and practical considerations, (c) Managing Authority EMFF priority support needs (Optional)

11.30 - 12.30

The FARNET Clinic
First round of three World café style discussion tables: Addressing questions linked with three topics:

  • FLAG transition and preparatory support
  • National legislation
  • FLAG selection
13.30 - 14.30

 The FARNET Clinic

Second round of three World café style discussion tables: Addressing the three topics

14.30 - 15.00

Report back

15.00 - 16.00FARNET final event 2015 and Closing session: conclusions, information about future events