Over 450 stakeholders, including FLAGs, Managing Authorities, fisheries organisations and NGOs, involved in the sustainable development of coastal and fisheries areas took part in DG MARE’s high level event in Brussels, “Sailing Towards 2020”. The event brought together delegates from 27 different countries, including political leaders from the local, regional and national level, as well as Members of the European Parliament and representatives from the European Council’s Presidency and the Commission.
Opened by Mr. Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and organised with the assistance of the FARNET Support Unit, the conference offered an opportunity to witness first-hand the results of 42 local projects supported by Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) and to explore the potential for Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) to face new challenges in coastal and fisheries communities.
The conference "Telling the Story – Communicating European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020" was organised by the European Commission in Brussels on 9-10 December 2013. More than 700 participants, from and outside the EU, took part to this event co-organised by DG-REGIO, DG-EMPL, DG-AGRI and DG-MARE of the European Commission.
Community-Led or Community-Driven Local Development?
In recent years, the World Bank has invested significantly in evaluating its Community-Driven Development (CDD) programmes. This workshop was organised by the European Commission and FARNET in Brussels on November 8th 2013 with a view to exchanging on both approaches and building up on mutual benefits.
FLAG representatives, Axis 4 project holders, European and international institutions... all joined to witness and discuss many innovative paths that can help European fisheries areas look to the future: adding value to fisheries products and food processing, tourism, environmental protection, the knowledge-based economy, cultural heritage… a bounty of opportunities to diversify the local economy in fisheries areas and benefit fishing communities.
Throughout this event, an interactive exhibition as well as a series of thematic working groups and discussions offered the opportunity for networking, exchange and capacity building between local and global actors. You can find out more about the projects featured in the exhibition in FARNET Magazine n° 5 (page12).
The conference "Sustainable futures for fisheries areas", which will take place on the 3rd and 4th November 2011 in Brussels, will be the opportunity for nearly 350 participants across Europe to meet and discover what Axis 4 means “on the ground”. In case you cannot join us on this occasion, make sure you look at our Twitter page!
Following our twitter account @EU_FARNET will let you know how things are going during the conference, what’s happening during the exhibition... you might even get to exchange thoughts and ideas with a working group dedicated to the use of ICT and new technologies.
So, either in Brussels or on your twitter app, we’ll meet you there.
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The Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) of the European Commission is organising a high level conference on the sustainable development of fisheries areas. Recognising the increasing importance of this issue for fisheries communities, and the strengthening of EU policy on local development, the event will focus on the emerging experience and contribution of Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund. The conference will also showcase more than 30 Axis 4 projects during an interactive exhibition.
More than 120 participants took part in this “laboratory” event, including FLAG representatives from around Europe and a variety of other EU stakeholders. Representatives from EFF managing authorities, the European Commission (DG MARE, AGRI, REGIO and EMPL) and FARNET experts also took part. All engaged in a lively and constructive two day discussion on:
- How to strengthen and improve Axis 4 in the next programming period and
- How to ensure better coordination between the Local Development initiatives of the different Funds post-2013 (future EFF, EAFRD (Leader), ERDF, ESF).
Representatives of DG MARE, DG AGRI, DG REGIO and DG EMPL put forward their preliminary proposals on how they intend to support Local Development in the next programming period. The joint approach of the four DGs for coordination of Local Development at EU level was also presented. The Commission also explained its approach to strategic programming, including a Common Strategic Framework, which would address the issue of coordination of Local Development funding from EAFRD, EFF, ERDF and ESF. The input and opinions from the different participants will feed into the preparations for the next programming period.