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"Implementing CLLD across the ESI Funds": Edinburgh, UK - 8-10 December 2015.

This first FARNET transnational seminar of the new programming period took place in Edinburgh, Scotland, from the 8th to 10th December 2015. It provided new opportunities for Managing Authorities (MAs) of the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds to learn, inspire and get inspired in implementing the CLLD approach, foster better cooperation and ensure the most efficient use of the funding available. 

The possibility of supporting CLLD has now been extended to all the ESI Funds. Uptake under the EAFRD and the EMFF is quite significant already, while the ERDF and ESF are now also adopting this approach and this is expected to provide an important boost to the impact of EU funding at local level. CLLD has an important role to play in addressing many of the challenges currently facing Europe, and projects and initiatives developed in this context could benefit from appropriate interventions from more than one fund. This seminar had as key aim to assist MAs in launching their CLLD programmes while strengthening cooperation between ESI Funds at EU level, and between MAs at national and regional level, with a view to encouraging a better integration of the funds locally.

You will find below a selection of outputs and guidelines produced during this two days event. Come back regularly as this page will be updated as new material is published.

Summary report 

FARNET Guide #10: Starting CLLD implementation in practice

The FARNET photo album 
List of participants 

#useCLLD on Twitter - relive the event on Storify

 Tuesday 8 December


Reception and informal poster presentation of CLLD in the EU Funds by the four European Commission DGs.



Maps based on data collected end November 2015


CLLD in Europe

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 Wednesday 9 December

“How can Community Led Local Development help achieve the EU 2020 strategic objectives through the ESI Funds”


Welcome and introduction:

  • Why Scotland, why CLLD? A brief scene setting overview. Willie Cowan (Scottish Government Marine Scotland)

Introduction to the seminar, its aims and objectives.

  • Elisa Roller (DG MARE) and Judit Torokne Rozsa (DG REGIO)
  • The seminar agenda: Chair Paul Soto (FARNET Support Unit)
9.30-10.40 Plenary session: Understanding the added value of CLLD across the ESI funds
  • Overview of the state of play on CLLD Who uses CLLD in which Fund and how Funds are coordinated? Urszula Budzich Tabor (FARNET Support Unit) 
  • Managing Authorities presentations from the different funds on what they want to achieve through CLLD, concrete project examples.
    • EMFF: Olivier Le Pivert (Britanny, France) 
    • ESF: Michal Heller (Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Poland) 
    • EAFRD: David Wilford (England, UK)  
    • ERDF: Roman Haken (Ministry of Regional Development, Czech Republic) 

Keynote presentation:

  • The potential and wider applicability of the local approach. Dan Owen (World Bank, Washington, USA) 
  • Q&A


 Working groups: The added value of CLLD (new perspectives on what can be achieved)

  ‘Integrating CLLD Funds’


Panel discussion

Highlighting “The Scottish example” and the different approaches in the UK


  • Jean-Pierre Vercruysse (DG MARE)
  • Estelle Jones (Scottish Government Marine Scotland, UK)


  • Alistair Prior: Head of Rural Communities & Network Support Unit (Scotland, UK)
  • Matt Sowrey: Team Leader, Fisheries Funding, Defra (UK)
  • David Wilford: Head of RDP Network, LEADER & Rural Communities Team, Defra (England, UK)
  • Neil Howard: CLLD delivery (Welsh Government, UK)
  • Gail Merriman: CLLD policy (Welsh Government, UK)


14.50-15.30 Why integrate?Four short examples of the different ways EU Funds are already used or combined in practice.
  • Anastasios Perimenis: Lesvos Local Development Company LAG/FLAG (Greece) 
  • Nadia di Liddo: Ponte Lama LAG (Puglia, Italy) 
  • Gerallt Llewelyn Jones: Menter Mon LAG (Wales, UK) 
  • Ton Overmeire: The Hague Municipality (Netherlands) 
16.00-17.15 How to make progress on CLLD?  Working Groups re cooperation based on the four models presented. 

 Wrapping up day 1

Reflections on Day 1: Roman Haken (European Economic and Social Committee)


Thursday 10 December

  “Facilitating CLLD implementation”


09.15–09.30 Introduction to the day Chair Paul Soto (FARNET Support Unit)


  • Keeping CLLD simple and transparent: Joanna Gierulska, Polish Ministry of Agriculture and Food (Poland)    
  • Ensuring good coordination between the Funds: Johan Magnusson, Swedish Board of Agriculture (Sweden)   
Panel discussion

Moderator: Elisa Roller (DG MARE)


  • Dan Owen (World Bank, Washington, USA)
  • Judit Torokne Rozsa (DG REGIO)
  • Gerralt Lewellyn Jones (Menter Mon LAG, Wales, UK)
  • Anastasios Perimenis (Lesvos Local Development Company, Greece)
  • Bryan McGrath (Scottish Borders Council, LAG and Forth FLAG, UK)
  • Christina Frieberg (Swedish FLAG Network)



 “Clinics” on key issues of CLLD delivery and coordination (e.g. simplification, definition of roles, Lead Fund, LDS selection etc.) 


Summing up and outstanding questions

  • John Grieve, Gilles van de Walle (FARNET Support Unit)

Conclusions and priority next steps

  • Elisa Roller (DG MARE)
  • Judit Torokne Rozsa (DG REGIO)

Field trip to Eyemouth  

  • Project visits at the fishing port and meeting the LAG / FLAG.
  • Introduction to the Forth FLAG, Scottish Borders LAG and Eyemouth harbour (Christine Bell, Eyemouth Harbour Trust; Hugh Williams Scottish Borders Council)