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Transnational seminars

“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.

“FLAGs in Business: adding value to local fisheries products": Almere, Netherlands, 17-18 November 2010

At the initiative of the European Commission, the FARNET Support Unit organised a seminar in the Netherlands on the 17-18 November 2010 dedicated to the FLAGs’ role in adding value to local fisheries products.

More than 150 participants, including nearly a hundred FLAGs, Managing Authority  representatives and a series of other stakeholders met in Almere, the youngest city in the Netherlands and largest of the Flevoland Province.

The purpose of this seminar was to provide FLAGs with practical knowledge and skills on how to foster adding value processes in their fisheries areas, an important Axis 4 theme which had been earmarked by the FARNET Support Unit during last transnational seminar in Gijon.

 

"FLAGs on the move", Gijon, Spain, 24-26 March 2010

More than 150 people, representing 90 Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) as well as Axis 4 Managing Authorities and other stakeholders from across the EU, met in Gijon (Spain) on the 24-26 March 2010. The "FLAGs on the move" seminar provided participants in Axis 4 with a first opportunity to network and exchange views on topics of common interest. In particular, four thematic workshops focused on issues relating to strategies, partnerships, links with LEADER, and attracting private investment. 

A further 18 parallel sessions provided an opportunity for small groups of participants to discuss more specific issues, such as direct sales and short circuits, pescatourism, mentoring, national networks, social capital, communications, cooperation between farmers and fishers, and women in fisheries. 

"Getting started on the ground with Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund", Pärnu, Estonia, 4-5 June 2009

125 participants from 19 Member States participated in the seminar, which was held in Pärnu, Estonia, on 4-5 June 2009. The seminar was organised by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE), in partnership with the Estonian Fisheries Administration.