This first FARNET transnational seminar of the new programming period took place in Edinburgh, Scotland, from the 8th to 10th December 2015. It provided new opportunities for Managing Authorities (MAs) of the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds to learn, inspire and get inspired in implementing the CLLD approach, foster better cooperation and ensure the most efficient use of the funding available.
The possibility of supporting CLLD has now been extended to all the ESI Funds. Uptake under the EAFRD and the EMFF is quite significant already, while the ERDF and ESF are now also adopting this approach and this is expected to provide an important boost to the impact of EU funding at local level. CLLD has an important role to play in addressing many of the challenges currently facing Europe, and projects and initiatives developed in this context could benefit from appropriate interventions from more than one fund. This seminar had as key aim to assist MAs in launching their CLLD programmes while strengthening cooperation between ESI Funds at EU level, and between MAs at national and regional level, with a view to encouraging a better integration of the funds locally.
You will find below a selection of outputs and guidelines produced during this two days event. Come back regularly as this page will be updated as new material is published.
|The FARNET photo album |
|List of participants|
#useCLLD on Twitter - relive the event on Storify
Tuesday 8 December
Reception and informal poster presentation of CLLD in the EU Funds by the four European Commission DGs.
CLLD in Europe
CLLD in EMFF
CLLD in EAFRD
CLLD in ERDF
CLLD in ESF
Wednesday 9 December
“How can Community Led Local Development help achieve the EU 2020 strategic objectives through the ESI Funds”
Welcome and introduction:
Introduction to the seminar, its aims and objectives.
|9.30-10.40|| Plenary session: Understanding the added value of CLLD across the ESI funds|
|Working groups: The added value of CLLD (new perspectives on what can be achieved)|
‘Integrating CLLD Funds’
Highlighting “The Scottish example” and the different approaches in the UK
|14.50-15.30||Why integrate?Four short examples of the different ways EU Funds are already used or combined in practice.|
|16.00-17.15||How to make progress on CLLD? Working Groups re cooperation based on the four models presented.|
Wrapping up day 1
Reflections on Day 1: Roman Haken (European Economic and Social Committee)
Thursday 10 December
“Facilitating CLLD implementation”
|09.15–09.30||Introduction to the day Chair Paul Soto (FARNET Support Unit)|
Moderator: Elisa Roller (DG MARE)
“Clinics” on key issues of CLLD delivery and coordination (e.g. simplification, definition of roles, Lead Fund, LDS selection etc.)
Summing up and outstanding questions
Conclusions and priority next steps
Field trip to Eyemouth