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Mediterranean cooperation projects get underway

Within the framework of France´s annual Axis 4 event in September, a number of Mediterranean FLAGs came together to discuss and initiate a series of cooperation projects. FLAGs from France, Greece and Spain took advantage of this first Mediterranean cooperation meeting animated by FARNET but hosted by a Member State.  Four project proposals emerged from these two days of discussions and are currently being developed by eight Mediterranean FLAGs: direct sales via restaurants; coordination of the tourism offer linked to fisheries and the environment; adding value to Mediterranean fisheries species through a recipe book; and educational activities to raise awareness in schools about the fisheries sector and its products. The Catalan and Greek FLAGs are also moving forward with cooperation based on their areas´ environmental protected status. There was also demand from the FLAGs to formalize a Mediterranean Network with a common declaration. FLAGs hope to finalize such a declaration by the DG Mare/ FARNET conference in November.

Full meeting report.