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Does the pre-selection of areas at Member State or regional level not contradict the bottom up approach?

There is a risk that the pre-selection of areas reduces the ability of the FLAGs to adapt their areas and strategies to local realities. However, it is important to be realistic and to ensure that the areas have sufficient critical mass and that the strategy has sufficient resources to achieve its aims.

A common solution to this situation is to define broadly certain priority types of eligible areas but then to allow the FLAG to adapt the boundaries of the area as a result of the bottom up analysis and the strategy that they develop.