Social inclusion for vibrant fishing communities: Jūrmala, Latvia 21-23 March 2017

At the initiative of the European Commission, and with the support of the Latvian Ministry of Agriculture and the Laukiem and Jūrai FLAG, FARNET's fourth transnational seminar of the 2014-2020 programming period will take place on 21-23 March 2017 in Jūrmala, Latvia.

The theme of the event is Social inclusion for vibrant fishing communities and is designed to help FLAGs:
• Promote and integrate social inclusion in their local development strategies, in particular providing better support to women and the local youth and a special focus on the unemployed;
• Share experiences on how FLAGs can cooperate with relevant stakeholder organisations active in the social integration of marginalised groups in their areas, including migrants and refugees;
• Better engage with the local fisheries sector to address the socio-economic impact of the CFP reform and other challenges for the small-scale fisheries sector, with regards to its ageing population and training needs.

The seminar will provide a framework for discussions and practical exercises based on successful cases from the EFF/EMFF, additional EU funding instruments, as well as further initiatives aimed at social inclusion. These themes will therefore be addressed through a series of presentations on good practices, working group discussions and a field visit.