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To what extent can the resources available for technical assistance be used to help in the implementation of Axis 4?

Given the lack of experience of many of the actors involved in Axis 4 in integrated local territorial development, the use of national technical assistance (Axis 5) is not only desirable but, in fact, essential for success. The Commission strongly recommends that technical assistance for Axis 4 be deployed as rapidly as possible at national or regional levels. For example this may be used to directly provide expert support for capacity building, in effect constituting direct support for the development of partnership, community engagement and the area strategies.

In countries with a relatively large number of groups the TA should be used to provide resources for an Axis 4 Network of FLAGs which collaborates with the European FARNET Support Unit. This has been specified in the OPs and should be implemented rapidly.