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FARNET Work Plan 2015

This first FARNET Work Plan presents the priorities and main activities of the network for the first six months of operation of the FARNET Support Unit (FSU) (1/07/2015 - 31/12/2015).

The context

Key contextual elements for 2015 include:

Many Member States (MSs) will be developing their national procedures and legislation for the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), including Community-Led Local Development (CLLD). In doing so, it is important that they take account of the lessons of the last period and look at the possibilities offered by increased coordination between funds.

During this transition period, there will be a mixture of FLAGs from the previous period FLAGs that have ceased their activities and new, inexperienced FLAGs.

Expenditure on all projects funded in the previous period must be finalized by the 31 December 2015. Some existing FLAGs and MSs are under pressure to achieve this.

Some of the more advanced countries will already be selecting FLAGs. These FLAGs will be thinking about how they adapt their partnerships and prepare their strategies to deal with the new challenges presented in the context of CLLD.

The FARNET strategy

Overview of priorities:

A needs analysis will be undertaken, to ensure that the activities of the Support Unit target the areas of greatest need and opportunity. It will as well provide a basis for developing the FARNET work plan for 2016.

Priorities linked to the transition period will also be dealt with. In some countries this will involve working with managing authorities (MAs) and intermediate bodies (IBs) to remove blockages and speed up payments before the 31 December 2015 deadline. In other countries, the focus will be on putting in place the systems that will be used for the next seven years. In this respect, specific attention will be devoted to the opportunities linked to the coordination of the different European structural and investment (ESI) funds.

Priorities for 2015:

1. To set up the FSU and ensure a smooth transition to the new period, consolidating knowledge already acquired.

2. To develop and implement a thorough needs analysis, to inform the network activities over the next seven years. 

3. To support all the stakeholders involved in creating efficient and streamlined delivery systems, which allow fisheries communities to benefit from the new possibilities offered by the coordination of the different structural and investment funds.

FARNET Flash - August 2015

August 2015

  • FARNET.two: the new programming period has started
  • Ocean Governance: the European Commission has launched a public consultation
  • Events
  • Other news

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FARNET Magazine n° 12: Sailing towards 2020

Download n° 12 - Spring-Summer 2015      

A new direction for FLAGs 

The reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), job creation and the fight against poverty, climate change and the energy transition, blue growth and coastal development, and a participatory approach to local development combining different funding opportunities (multi-funding) – these are just some of the very diverse challenges and opportunities FLAGs must consider as they prepare their strategies for the next six years.

Focus: FARNET sets sail

Report on the “Sailing Towards 2020” conference
(Brussels, 2-3 March 2015).

Report: A slice of the cake 

Fishermen in the popular tourist destinations of Larnaca and Famagusta in Cyprus are using Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) to improve their skills, and the quality of their products and services, in order to benefit more from the local tourism market.

Special insert: The FARNET Experience

A summary of local development in coastal and fisheries areas.

Report: ‘Boys ashore’

Community-led local development is a well-established practice in Hastings, England (UK). Incorporating fishermen into the process was a new departure, however, which has now been achieved thanks to Axis 4 of the EFF. 


Three-way interview with Timo Halonen, Edite Kublina and José Vicente Palmero Jorro, representatives of managing authorities in Finland, Latvia and Spain respectively.

FARNET Newsletter 2015-05

  • FLAG resources for the new period: the Barcelona toolkit 
  • The FARNET key and other online resources 
  • Blue growth in the Black Sea 
  • Ideas, inspiration and one FLAG’s wow moment!
  • Telling the story online 
  • Small is beautiful… and smart
  • Citizen science: FLAG partners with LIFE project
  • World Oceans Day: Fisch vom Kutter
  • State of play: 10 322 projects and counting
  • Forthcoming events and activities
  • Other news


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FARNET Managing Authorities meeting 27-28.04.2015

The theme of the FARNET Managing Authorities/National Networks meeting on 27-28 April 2015 was “Getting the new FLAGs off the ground”. In particular, it dealt with exchanges around capacity building tools and methods. The meeting included an update from DG Mare on the state of play with regards to the EMFF Operational Programmes and an overview of new cooperation opportunities in the future. The meeting also involved a “Tool Fair”, in which the MAs and NNs each presented a capacity building tool or activity carried out or planned in their country to support the future round of FLAGs. A further session was dedicated to designing a first national kick-off meting for the new FLAGs, making use of the information and tools presented previously at the “Tool Fair”. The participants also had the opportunity to discuss the priorities for FARNET in 2014-2020 and the type of support MAs required in the future in order to be more effective in implementing fisheries CLLD.

FARNET Newsletter 2015-03

  • Latvian OP first to be approved 
  • Sailing towards 2020: and the winners are… 
  • Atlantic FLAGs discuss European Fisheries Villages Network 
  • Belgian-UK cooperation on community supported fisheries
  • FishSAFE with an EFF supported App 
  • Transatlantic cooperation on small scale fisheries
  • Axis 4 in the news 
  • A visual guide to the CFP and EMFF
  • State of play: 10 214 projects and counting
  • Forthcoming events and activities


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42 projects in support of sustainable fisheries communities

From over 10 000 local development projects supported by FLAGs around Europe, 200 were submitted and 42 selected for the project exhibition at the Sailing Towards 2020 event. These projects were grouped into 8 thematic clusters and presented by the project promoters and FLAG Managers in a dynamic and vibrant exhibition.   

Shortening Supply Chains                                       


Stand 1 - Fish all days                                 

DEStand 2 - Jammerbugt boat shop                                          
ESStand 3 -                                          
ESStand 4 - From fish auction to restaurant                                         
PTStand 5 - O melhor peixe do mundo                                          

Adding Value Locally



Stand 6 - Extending shrimp life span         

GRStand 7 - New markets for blue crab                                         
ESStand 8 - Artisanal canning                                         
FR Stand 9 - Cooperative processing 

DEStand 10 - Going organic                                         
PTStand 11 - Product placement                                         

Enhancing the Environment



Stand 12 - Monitoring captures                           

FRStand 13 - Restricted fishing area                                          
SEStand 14 - Nyköping river management                                          
FIStand 15 - Seal-safe trap-nets                                         
SEStand 16 - Certifying sustainability                                         
PLStand 17 - Water quality                                          

Improving the Image of Fisheries



Stand 18 - Visiting Vega fishing port                    

CYStand 19 - Fresh seafood promotion                                          
PLStand 20a - Fish training for chefs: Polish programme                                          
BGStand 20b - Fish training for chefs: Bulgarian programme                                          
UKStand 21 - Community seafood officer                                         
FIStand 22 - Fishing video game                                         

Linking Fisheries with Tourism



Stand 23 - Pesca-tourism

DKStand 24 – Put ‘n’ take angling                                          
DEStand 25 - Carp tourism                                          
GRStand 26 – Fisherman’s restaurant                                          
ROStand 27 - Fisherman’s B&B                                          
ESStand 28 - Millennium tuna route                                          

Developing new activities from fisheries



Stand 29 - Fishing gear diversification                  

ESStand 30 - Diversifying net-mending                                           
PLStand 31 - Boat repair workshop                                          
PTStand 32 - Sand extraction & transport                                          

Making Fishing Areas Attractive



Stand 33 - Oiu harbour renovation                       

IEStand 34 - InisLyre slipway                                          
SEStand 35 - Home Harbour festival                                          
UKStand 36 - Crowdfunding Annan Harbour                                          

Investing in People



Stand 37 - Master-apprentice programme  

UKStand 38 - Training courses for the young                                         
ESStand 39a - Entrepreneurship: women role models                                         
ESStand 39b- Entrepreneurship: EMPREAMAR                                         
PTStand 40 - Aquaculture start-up                                          

Sailing Towards 2020: Axis 4 in Action

This brochure has been developed for the "Sailing towards 2020" event, it highlights facts, figures and success stories from the 2007/2013 Axis4 program of the European Fisheries Fund. Stakeholders (FLAGs, Managing Authorities, project promoters) may use it as a source of inspiration for future projects; but it will also interest wider audiences, such as researchers, NGOs and/or the media wanting to know more on local development of European fisheries areas.


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Find out more with the 42 project posters showcased during the Sailing Towards 2020 conference.

FARNET Newsletter 2015-01

  • Sailing towards 2020
  • The ‘ideal’ FLAG!
  • FLAGs taking part in the Atlantic Stakeholder Platform
  • Managing authorities preparing the ground
  • New FARNET guide on fisheries and tourism
  • A successful call for Axis 4 videos
  • App: promoting responsible tourism
  • FABLABs: local innovators for blue growth…
  • Forthcoming events and activities


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FARNET Magazine n° 11: Designing the future

Download n° 11 - Autumn - Winter 2014      

Designing the future

As we shift our focus to the next programming period, it is increasingly clear that new solutions and new thinking are required to address evolving challenges. Even where FLAGs have been successful in achieving their goals in the 2007-2013 period, they will still have to reassess their situation and prepare new strategies that respond to the changing external environment,the new legislative framework, and take account of their own evolving capacity and maturity as agents of local development.

Zoom: Integrating different funds in CLLD:intensive dialogue underway in Poland

Report: Small streams make great rivers

Integrated local development in coastal Alto Minho (Portugal).


Three-way interview with Frédérique Deschamps, Gala Martinez and Manuela Sampaio, FLAG managers.

Report: A good catch

Fishermen on the island of Hiiumaa, in the Estonian archipelago, have made the most of the opportunities offered by Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF).

Trade winds

Two innovative examples of boosting the effectiveness of FLAG work.

Spotlight: Improving communication and participation

Tools for FLAGs to ensure the involvement of the local community in the strategy development process.