Fisheries Areas Network


Community-led Local Development (CLLD): EU funding from the bottom-up

A workshop led by the Committee of the Regions’ NAT Commission secretariat and the FARNET Support Unit during the European Days of Cities and Regions (8-10 October)

Organised jointly by the Committee of the Regions’ NAT Commission secretariat and the FARNET Support Unit, this workshop will give participants an introduction to Community-led Local Development (CLLD), currently funded under all four European Structural and Investment Funds.

When: 10 October at 9.30 AM followed by a networking event



The session will give an overview of:

  • How CLLD works and why it is interesting for different regions and municipalities;
  • The opportunities to combine CLLD funding from more than one Fund;
  • The added value of using this bottom-up approach to local development;
  • The types of projects funded with CLLD by Local Action Groups from the different funds.

Participants will engage in an interactive workshop with Susana Rodríguez Carballo on the role of Fisheries Local Action Groups in the sustainable development of fisheries areas and implementing the Common Fisheries Policy; Roman Haken on LEADER and CLLD as instruments for rural development and the Cohesion Policy; Paul Soto will draw on his wide local development expertise regarding making effective partnerships in rural, coastal and urban areas; and Marjo Tolvanen on  combining territorial differences and sectoral approaches in a practical way.

Following this discussion on the benefits of using a bottom-up approach to local development in fisheries, rural and urban areas, more practical examples will be provided by LAGs and showcased during the networking event (11.15 - 12.15) where participants will have the opportunity to discuss and exchange with CLLD practitioners.

See the #EURegionsWeek 2018 trailer, browse through the programme and register online!



Susana Rodríguez Carballo, Director General of Fisheries Development. Xunta de Galicia (Spain)

Susana Rodríguez Carballo is Director General of Fisheries Development in the Xunta de Galicia since 2009. In the Xunta she started as a Fisheries Extension Agent, becoming later the Head of Service of the Shellfish Department in the Directorate of Marine Resources.




Roman Haken, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee

Roman Haken is a Senior manager for International Relations in the Centre for Community Work in the Czech Republic. He is also a member of European Economic and Social Committee since 2006 and delegate from the Czech Republic in the group “Diversity Europe” (Group III) of the Section for Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment as well as of the Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion. 



Paul Soto, ENRD Contact Point

Paul is a Senior Policy Expert of the ENRD Contact Point. He used to be Team Leader of the FARNET Support Unit and was previously involved in the LEADER Observatories and URBACT. He was co-author of the EC Guidance on CLLD  and was the manager of a LEADER local action group in Spain during LEADER I and II.



Marjo Tolvanen, South Finland LEADER Fisheries Local Action Group

Marjo is the Director of South Finland Local Action Group (LAG), founded as a LEADER group in 2000 and which now is a LEADER LAG as well as a FLAG on parts of its territory. The (F)LAG also has experience with urban local development. Marjo has been involved in the process and the local development actions from the beginning.





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