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Cooperation 2014-2020 - European Overview

Cooperating with local groups from other territories can allow FLAGs to find the complementarities or critical mass to increase the impacts of their actions. This can take place among neighbouring FLAGs, for example in order to protect or promote a common resource; at national level, for example, around a common theme, such as pesca-tourism, which might imply a new market activity and potentially the modification of national legislation; or at transnational level, to address common, often basin-wide, challenges.

By working with actors from other areas, FLAGs can lever in additional ideas and expertise to a project and increase their capacity to react to trends that go beyond the local level. Cooperation might involve the development of a common activity or product or focus on the exchange of experience or transfer of knowledge from one area to another. FLAGs may implement cooperation projects themselves or support a relevant local organisation to do so. 

EU legislation for the 2014-2020 period (CPR Art 32, 34 and 35 and EMFF Art 64) makes provisions for FLAGs to cooperate across Europe and also with countries outside the EU. Moreover, as well as cooperating with other fisheries areas, FLAGs can seek synergies and cooperation with rural and urban areas by cooperating with other CLLD groups, such as LEADER LAGs but also with non-EU funded groups, provided they implement CLLD-type strategies through similar bottom-up public-private partnerships. This offers an ocean of opportunities for local stakeholders.

This FARNET cooperation table offers a brief overview of how cooperation is being organised in the different MS implementing CLLD under the EMFF, including potential partners, expected timetables for presenting projects and any Member State specificities regarding cooperation. See more details by Member State: BG - DE - DK - EE - FI - FR - GR - IE - PL - SE - SI - UK.

Support for cooperation

However, cooperation, especially when transnational, can be challenging for various reasons, including physical distance and language barriers, but also due to different rules and procedures sometimes put in place at national or regional level. The FARNET Support Unit team is available to help FLAGs develop ideas, find relevant partners and put ideas into practice through support to specific projects. If you need help to put cooperation ideas into practice, contact us at and if you already have a project idea you would like us to promote, download the cooperation idea template below and return it to

You can also search for cooperation partners among the cooperation ideas proposed by FARNET FLAGs (see articles below) or by LEADER LAGs. Alternatively, you can browse the FLAG factsheets to identify potential partners, searching for those working on specific themes, or type “cooperation” in the Search box.

Additional resources

FARNET 2007-2013 Cooperation guide

LEADER Transnational Cooperation Guide

FARNET Flash - January 2017

January 2017

  • Estonian and Latvian FLAGs meet in an unusual setting
  • New Year, New Website!
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FARNET Flash - November 2016

November 2016

  • Boosting business along the fisheries value chain
  • Building the skills of Croatian FLAGs to develop high quality strategies
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FARNET Managing Authorities meeting 23-24.11.2016

Managing Authorities and National Networks met in Brussels on 23-24 November 2016 for an exchange focusing primarily on facilitating FLAG cooperation. The event was an opportunity for MAs to understand the provisions laid down at EU level and the key steps involved in developing cooperation projects. A series of working groups and informal clinics allowed participants to explore the different approaches around Europe to implementing cooperation and how best to harmonise national rules and procedures which, if not compatible, can pose serious barriers to FLAGs wishing to cooperate with other regions or countries. MAs and National Networks also worked through potential support activities that could be provided to FLAGs in order to maximize their ability to develop ideas, find partners and implement effective projects. Two additional themes addressed were simplifying CLLD delivery and strengthening the results-orientation of CLLD. Presentations included information from DG EMPL on simplified cost options and from DG MARE on the new reporting requirements for the EMFF.

FARNET Flash - October 2016

October 2016

  • Cooperation catches on during the summer: LEADER transnational cooperation fair in Estonia, Festival of Local Actions Groups in Slovenia
  • Galicia publishes the first Cooperation Call
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The Blue Economy Business & Science Forum: 12-13 September in Hamburg

The European Commission organised the first summit of the Blue Economy Business and Science Forum which gathered around 200 participants at the International Maritime Museum in Hamburg. The event also hosted the ceremony for DG MARE’s Blue Economy Business Awards 2016, rewarding those who have made contributions in developing innovation in the Blue Economy.

European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days) on 11-14 October 2016: Three CLLD-themed workshops

During the upcoming European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC), some 100 sessions, seminars and meetings will be organised around ‘Regions and cities for sustainable and inclusive growth’ and following three themes: sustained and sustainable economic growth, inclusive economic growth and lessons learned from past experience with ESI Funds. As a main focus of three workshops, CLLD is a prominent theme of the week’s programme.

FARNET Flash - August 2016

August 2016

  • Announcing the next FARNET seminar: "Boosting business along the fisheries supply chain", Thessaloniki, Greece, 18-20 October 2016
  • FLAGs support innovation through cross-sector pollination
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FARNET Guide #11: Results-oriented CLLD in fisheries areas: six practical factsheets

The Common Provisions Regulation lays out specific requirements for CLLD regarding planning, delivering, measuring and demonstrating the results of local development strategies. This guide is composed of six factsheets, including real-life examples, designed to help FLAGs ensure better results through developing strategic objectives, selecting indicators and setting targets, collecting data and managing information, and adopting a results-oriented approach in all activities of the FLAG. It also provides some ideas about how to assess FLAG performance and how to measure the broader impacts of fisheries CLLD.


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FARNET Guide #10: Starting CLLD implementation in practice

As of the 2014-2020 programming period, the bottom-up methodology to local development can be funded by any of the European Structural and Investment Funds under its new name: Community-Led Local Development. As such, local development strategies may be implemented in very different types of areas, from rural to coastal to urban. This guide presents examples of applying CLLD under the different ESI Funds: EMFF, EAFRD, ESF and ERDF from the perspective of Managing Authorities and local actors. It also shows different methods of integrating the EU Funds at the local level.


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