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Can FLAGs support projects of which the beneficiary (project promoter) is based outside the FLAG area?

The EFF regulation does not restrict where a beneficiary of Axis 4 support should be based. It indicates (Article 45, paragraph 4) that “operations under the local development strategy shall be chosen by the group and shall correspond to the (list of eligible) measures provided for in Article 44”. However, the benefits of a project supported by a FLAG must accrue to the fisheries area by contributing to its sustainable development or improving the quality of life in the area (Article 43).
As such, notwithstanding any additional national rules, project beneficiaries (project promoters) can be based outside the area if their projects fulfill the above criteria. Examples of this may include supporting distribution channels for local catch in nearby market towns or cooperation projects in which the lead partner is based in another fisheries area.