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"Sailing Towards 2020" conference: Brussels, 2 & 3 March 2015


Click to playOver 450 stakeholders, including FLAGs, Managing Authorities, fisheries organisations and NGOs, involved in the sustainable development of coastal and fisheries areas took part in DG MARE’s high level event in Brussels, “Sailing Towards 2020”. The event brought together delegates from 27 different countries, including political leaders from the local, regional and national level, as well as Members of the European Parliament and representatives from the European Council’s Presidency and the Commission.

Opened by Mr. Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and organised with the assistance of the FARNET Support Unit, the conference offered an opportunity to witness first-hand the results of 42 local projects supported by Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) and to explore the potential for Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) to face new challenges in coastal and fisheries communities. 

FABLABs: collaborate with local innovators and tomorrow’s Bluegrowth pioneers.

What is a FABLAB?

Imagine a local repair shed managed by DIY and IT enthusiasts. A place packed with digital fabrication tools such as 3Dprinters, open to anyone eager to learn, create, innovate and share its findings with the community. These are FABLABs, or FABrication LABoratories, and they are opening new ways for local communities to engage in innovation and reinvent the wider economy.


Why this matters for FLAGs?

Even the maritime economy is witnessing the birth of its first Maritime FABLABs: on land (@navlab) or at sea (@lab-rev), these could soon influence Bluegrowth innovation and its local ownership, and this is something FLAGs should be part of. When designing local partnerships for the next programming period, FABLABs could be local stakeholders to count on. These could hold key elements to help local economies innovate and bring tailor made answers to Bluegrowth challenges. This is why FARNET is encouraging you to meet with your nearest FABLAB.

How to find one?

To meet with your nearest FABLAB, take part to the “Axis4man eurotrip” game:

  1. Download the 3D model of the #Axis4man figure: this model can then be printed on a 3D printer
  2. Get in touch with a FABLAB near you, this is where you will find a 3D printer
  3. Share a picture of your #Axis4man on twitter or Facebook, and add your FLAG area to his Eurotrip!


For any question, get in touch with Serge Gomes da Silva at FARNET Support Unit : sgs {at }

FARNET Managing Authorities meeting 19-20.11.2014

Axis 4 Managing Authorities met in Brussels to exchange on key issues involved in finalising their EMFF Operational Programmes for the new period and moving towards implementation. The meeting included an update from DG Mare on the state of play with regards to programming CLLD under the different ESI funds, as well as a presentation on the Atlantic Action Plan and Atlantic Stakeholder platform, offering participants an opportunity to reflect on how their EMFF and CLLD strategies linked up with broader maritime basin strategies. The meeting then moved on to smaller, practical working groups addressing the following themes: FLAG transition and mobilising preparatory support; transferring the EMFF regulation into practice and National/Regional legislation; the steps to plan for when selecting the new round of FLAGs; and setting up national FLAG networks. A further session was dedicated to reflecting on the type of support MAs required in the future in order to be more effective in their programming and implementing of fisheries CLLD.

FARNET Newsletter 2014-11

  • Finnish FLAG visits Scottish counterparts
  • Polish FLAGs at the FSU
  • Parisienne fish and chic! 
  • Axis 4 in 4 minutes max 
  • A new website for the German national network
  • The first Axis 4 gaming app 
  • More about CLLD!
  • State of play: 8 818 projects and counting
  • Forthcoming events and activities
  • Other news

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EU funding for the tourism sector: a roadmap

The European Commission’s Directorate General “Enterprise and Industry” has just published a guide on EU funding for the tourism sector. The guide contains a short description of all the major EU Funds from which activities related to tourism can be funded, as well as some project examples that can serve as inspiration. Information about funding for fisheries areas under EMFF is included, with some project examples from FARNET. This guide may be particularly useful for FLAGs in areas where tourism is being developed. Those FLAGs might be able to advise their tourism actors on the different funding sources available to them. It is also worth visiting the website of DG Enterprise and Industry to see calls for transnational cooperation projects related to tourism. FLAGs might be in a good position to stimulate such cooperation through their network of transnational contacts.

Building a fisheries village network: an Atlantic cooperation proposal

Building a Network of Fisheries Villages : Outputs of the 20th January Porto workshop

Following the call published by the European Commission and the FARNET proposal to design Atlantic cooperation projects, 14 Atlantic Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) met with over 50 other stakeholders in Porto on 20 January 2015, to exchange and join experience in promoting touristic assets linked with fisheries. The key objective of this workshop was to inspire and put in motion the development of an Atlantic cooperation project: the "European Fisheries Villages Network”

Presentation of Vilas Mariñeras: Angel Vega – president of the Vilas Mariñeras association.  The Vilas Mariñeras
 Association brings together ten coastal destinations in Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria, to establish a network of good practices and cooperation in joint promotion of tourism in its territory.  
Presentation of Aldeias do Mar: Cecília Marques manager of FLAG Litoral Norte This project, supported by Axis4 of the EFF through the Litoral Norte FLAG, engaged several municipalities of Northern Portugal in the development of a joint strategy to foster entrepreneurship linked with fisheries products and the maritime economy.

FARNET Newsletter 2014-09

  • Promoting the multi-fund approach
  • Inspiration from Sweden
  • Aquaculture and Axis 4
  • FLAG cooperation in the Mediterranean 
  • TourFish meeting in the Hastings FLAG area
  • FARNET Apps: Crowdfunding for Axis 4
  • Results of Axis 4 study published  
  • Thumbs up for FARNET publications
  • State of play: 8 610 projects and counting
  • Forthcoming events and activities
  • Other news

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Southwest FLAG Lab: learning lessons on successful FLAG practice

French, Spanish and Portuguese FLAGs met in Barcelona the 22-23 September to look back at the results and challenges of the 2007-2013 funding period. This seminar was organised with the support of the French, Spanish and Portuguese administrations and involved a series of presentations and working group discussions. Topics addressed included various areas of FLAG work and, in particular, their experience of mobilising their local communities, supporting project development, selecting the most effective projects and communication activities. Exchanges also took place around the kinds of activities that FLAGs could undertake to monitor, evaluate and improve their work.  Finally, four working groups each developed proposals for the sorts of skills, experience and resources FLAG teams should aim to secure in order to be effective in the future.  The seminar was followed on the 24th September by a project visit to the Delta del Ebro FLAG.




FARNET Newsletter 2014-07

  • Last chance to influence new programmes
  • CLLD guide for local actors
  • Fish online
  • Being seen on Twitter
  • CLLD event by the European LEADER Association
  • LinkedIn group on CLLD
  • State of play: 8 448 projects and counting
  • Forthcoming events and activities
  • Other news

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FARNET Magazine n° 10: Putting learning into practice

Download n° 10 - Spring-Summer 2014      

Putting learning into practice

In 2006, just eight years ago, the European Commission held a first transnational meeting in Oporto, Portugal, to launch a new “territorial approach” to addressing the challenges faced by Europe’s fisheries. Axis 4, as it became known, was born and in 2014 we are starting to see the results and learn from this first experiment in local development for fisheries communities.

Zoom: Peer-to-peer learning and mentoring

Three examples from Sweden.

Report: Partners of the sea

Forging a common maritime identity through animation and collective project support in Marennes Oléron (Poitou-Charentes, France).

People: Rita Pamplona  

Report: Axis 4 of the EFF, at the forefront of sustainable development in Romania

Two examples in the Danube Delta and South Dobrogea.

Trade winds

Four innovative, area-based development projects in fisheries areas. 

Spotlight:Towards a successful implementation of Axis 4

A study on Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) in 15 Member States estimates that considerable employment benefits and some important qualitative results have already been achieved by FLAGs and beneficiaries.