The theme of the FARNET meeting for Managing Authorities and National Networks held on the 15-16 March 2016 was: “Streamlined and efficient delivery systems”. It dealt with the tools and processes which demonstrated results during the past period, including for the launch of preparatory support, the selection of FLAGS and their strategies, and simplified cost options. The meeting included an update from DG MARE on the state of play with regards to the implementation of the EMFF Operational Programmes and an overview of the challenges and opportunities ahead. A further session was dedicated to the setting-up of National Networks, making use of FARNET’s previous experience and that of a number of MAs. And finally, given the focus on results in the new programming period, a session was also dedicated to the implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems and gave participants the opportunity to discuss the type of support required in order to be more effective in monitoring and evaluating fisheries CLLD.
The LEADER method was transferred to the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) in 2007-2013 and implemented as Axis 4 for the “sustainable development of fisheries areas”. In 2009, the European Commission (DG MARE) set up the FARNET Support Unit to support the different stakeholders involved in the implementation of LEADER under the EFF.
Now, in the 2014-2020 period, coastal and inland fisheries and aquaculture areas are gearing up to implement a second round of Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) using the updated European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).
Read the full article in the European Network for Rural Development magazine "Rural Connections".
"Sea sponges could be used on an industrial scale to soak up pesticides, lead and even dangerous bacteria from Europe’s coastline."
The Axis 4 project "sponges for water quality", led by Professor Pierre Sauleau from Université Sud Bretagne (France), the CRC (Shellfish Committee) of Bretagne Sud, and supported by the Auray FLAG during the 2007-2014 Axis4 programming period, was recently selected for publication by the Horizon Magazine. It illustrates the importance of partnerships that bring research, fisheries and aquaculture professionals together and highlights the benefits of the FLAG's "bridging" role and how this can help the scientific community to focus their research on topics with real practical application.
Read the full article here.
CLLD is starting
FARNET: seven years of experience
Taking on the future with CLLD
Blue growth and coastal development
Climate change and the energy transition
Job creation and social inclusion
Territorial impacts of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy
This first FARNET transnational seminar of the new programming period took place in Edinburgh, Scotland, from the 8th to 10th December 2015. It provided new opportunities for Managing Authorities (MAs) of the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds to learn, inspire and get inspired in implementing the CLLD approach, foster better cooperation and ensure the most efficient use of the funding available.
The possibility of supporting CLLD has now been extended to all the ESI Funds. Uptake under the EAFRD and the EMFF is quite significant already, while the ERDF and ESF are now also adopting this approach and this is expected to provide an important boost to the impact of EU funding at local level. CLLD has an important role to play in addressing many of the challenges currently facing Europe, and projects and initiatives developed in this context could benefit from appropriate interventions from more than one fund. This seminar had as key aim to assist MAs in launching their CLLD programmes while strengthening cooperation between ESI Funds at EU level, and between MAs at national and regional level, with a view to encouraging a better integration of the funds locally.
You will find below a selection of outputs and guidelines produced during this two days event. Come back regularly as this page will be updated as new material is published.
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).
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.
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
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.