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 firstname.lastname@example.org and if you already have a project idea you would like us to promote, download the cooperation idea template below and return it to email@example.com.
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.
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.
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Measuring CLLD: the challenges of demonstrating results and longer-term impacts of local development in fisheries areas
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.
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.
At the initiative of the European Commission, and with the support of the Hellenic Ministry of Rural Development & Food and the Thessaloniki FLAG, FARNET's third transnational seminar of the 2014-2020 programming period took place on 18-20 October 2016. The theme of the event, “Boosting business along the fisheries supply chain”, was designed to equip Fisheries Local Action Groups with the tools to help local stakeholders tap into opportunities along the fisheries supply chain. In particular, the mix of plenary sessions and working groups focused on trends and opening up new markets for local fisheries and aquaculture products; linking the private sector with science and research; ensuring direct support is available to local businesses in FLAG areas; and better engaging aquaculture producers and fishermen (especially small scale and coastal) to work in new ways to boost business opportunities. The seminar was followed by a study visit to projects in the Thessaloniki FLAG area.