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“FLAGs on the move: the second wave": Sofia, Bulgaria - 21-23rd March 2011

At the initiative of the European Commission and with the support of Bulgaria´s National Agency for Fisheries and Aquaculture, the FARNET Support Unit organised its fourth European seminar for the Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs): “FLAGs on the move: the second wave”. It took place in Sofia, Bulgaria, the 21st - 23rd of March, 2011.

The seminar aimed to provide recently selected FLAGs, and those in the final stages of being selected, with the information, skills and capacities for implementing their local development strategies and supporting successful projects in their areas.

Over 120 participants, including 70 FLAG and 15 member state representatives, participated in the seminar, making it a productive, encouraging and lively event. New FLAGs met with more experienced ones, to share “their story”, express needs, exchange experience and develop a common understanding of the challenges, opportunities and the priorities of Axis 4. 

The seminar involved a series of presentations and working groups using practical examples to address the following topics: building and running effective partnerships; ensuring successful project selection and animation; and cultivating the private sector. A series of interactive sessions, such as "Message in a Bottle" and "Cooperation corner" provided participants with the opportunity to ask specific questions facing them in the implementation of Axis 4 and to connect with other FLAGs around cooperation requests and proposals.

Summary report of the seminar

FARNET Guide #4: Steps for Success

List of participants 
DAY 1: Monday, March 21
16.00 - 19.30     


Networking meetings/opening of the FLAG material exhibition 

Welcome cocktail and dinner

DAY 2: Tuesday, March 22
9.30 – 10.45

Official welcome and introduction to the seminar

  • Iavor Nedev - Executive Director of National Agency for Fisheries and Aquaculture (NAFA)
  • Ivaylo Berov - Deputy Director of National Agency for Fisheries and Aquaculture (NAFA)
  • Official presentation of certificates to the first selected Bulgarian FLAGs 
    • Evelina Ivanova - Glavinitsa-Tutrakan-Slivo Pole FLAG
    • Nelko Yordanov - Shabla-Kavarna-Balchik FLAG
    • Nebi Kehaya - High Western Rhodopes, Batak-Devin-Dospat FLAG

Introducing the FSU through a real time on-line support exercise: FSU missions and tools 

11.15 - 13.00

"Key steps for success"

Presentation of the guides developed by FARNET followed by 2 practical examples on each key theme

14.30 – 17.00

Parallel working groups: 

Running the partnership - Project support & selection - Involving & working with the private sector

Message in a bottle: the real time FARNET helpdesk

Cooperation Corner: cooperation requests and proposals

17.00 – 17.30

Examples of promising practices in Axis 4 


17.30 – 22.30

Exhibition of existing FLAGs material

Official Dinner hosted by the National Agency for Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Day 3: Wednesday, March 23
09.00 – 09.40

"Bringing it together"

Feedback from the working groups of day one on outstanding questions and needs

Feedback from message in a bottle and cooperation corner (available soon)

09.40 – 10.30

Working Groups: "Thinking and networking nationally"

Bulgaria, Romania, Lithuania, Poland, UK and National Networks

 11.00 – 12.00     

Feedback of working groups "Thinking and networking nationally" 

 12.00 – 12.30

Official conclusions and next steps