A total of 20 out of the 27 Member States that receive EMFF funding have expressed an interest in implementing Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) in the 2014-2020 period. With the exception of Croatia, which is implementing CLLD for the first time, Member States are now entering the second programming period of CLLD in fisheries areas and most have a clearer vision of what they expect from FLAGs and how to help them achieve good results.
Additional resources on how to apply CLLD across ESI funds
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".