Fisheries Areas Network


Post-2020: Local action in a changing world, 3-4 December, Brussels.

On behalf of the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) of the European Commission, and in collaboration with DGs AGRI, REGIO and EMPL, the FARNET Support Unit organised a major event showcasing how thousands of citizens are successfully using the “bottom-up” approach for sustainable development in their areas, known as CLLD (community-led local development).


Launched in rural areas with LEADER almost 30 years ago, successfully trialled in fisheries and aquaculture areas in 2007-2013, and integrated for the first time under all European Structural and Investment Funds in the 2014-2020 programming period, the concrete results of CLLD will be put in the spotlight.


An exhibition of 40 CLLD-supported projects from the different Funds, thematic working groups and a panel discussion between local beneficiaries and high-level decision-makers all contributed to the first-ever glimpse of how CLLD is changing lives in urban, rural and coastal areas alike. 


450 participants, including Local Action Groups, project beneficiaries, administrations, decision makers and experts from different fields, came together to reflect on how CLLD has and can continue to support local action in a world in transition, fostering more environmentally and economically sustainable - and inclusive - communities.


3rd December 2019: Unleashing CLLD potential under the EMFF
08.00 – 09.00 

      09.00 – 10.30 

Opening Plenary for EMFF participants - succeeding in the transition
  • Bernhard Friess, acting Director General, DG MARE, European Commission
  • Local development strategies of the future
    • Julie Skaar, Marstal Community hub, LLSÆ FLAG, Denmark
    • Jerry Gallagher, North FLAG, Ireland
    • Ante Sladoljev, Fishermen Recommend, GALEB FLAG, Croatia
    • Márcia Pinto, Salina Green, ADREPES Costeiro FLAG
    • Portugal Natalie Slawinski, Memorial University, Canada
  • Keynote speech by Charles Guirriec, Founder, Poiscaille, France
10.30 – 11.00 
Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30
 Parallel Working Groups - Unleashing CLLD potential
  • New challenges, new strategies
  • Better delivery systems
12.30 – 13.30 
13.30 – 15.00 
 Opening Plenary of the Multi-fund Conference
  • Opening by Dacian Cioloș, MEP
  • Screening of a short video introducing
  • CLLD Panel discussion between EU decision-makers and the people behind four CLLD projects  
  • Dacian Cioloș, Member of the European Parliament
  • Christell Åström, Secretary General of the Finnish Rural Policy Council
  • Radim Sršeň, CLLD Rapporteur for the Commitee of the Regions
  • Guillermo González, Costa da Morte FLAG, Spain
  • Frédéric Lehuby, Enerterre Association, France
  • Kristjan Sigurdarson, Destination Falkenberg, Sweden
  • Daniela Rejlová, Hradecký venkov LAG, Czech Republic
15.00 – 17.30 
 Exhibition of CLLD projects
  • 40 projects from the four ESI Funds (EAFRD, EMFF, ERDF & ESF) 
  • Presentations at each stand
  • Participant voting on favourite projects
  • LAG and FLAG made videos available for viewing in the Video Corner
17.30 - 19.00 
 Cocktail and project awards

19.00 - 21.00

 Walking Dinner, with the Cooperation Corner in parallel

 4th December 2019: CLLD driving transition
08.00 – 09.00 
09.00 – 09.45 

 Plenary introduction - Visoins for 2030

  • Pitches from three LAGs on their vision for the future for their local communities
    • Eva Jilken, Hoga Kusten LEADER LAG, Sweden (rural)
    • Inmaculada Torres, Murcia FLAG, Spain (fisheries & aquaculture)
    • Maria José Domingos, Lisbon CLLD Network, Portugal (urban)
09.45 – 11.15 
 World café sessions on the following themes (Round 1):
  • Promoting local food systems, introduced by Barbara Tocco, Strength2Food, UK
  • Making local resource management participative, introduced by Matthew Reed, Countryside and Community Research Institute, UK
  • Making tourism sustainable, introduced by Marko Koscak,  Maribor University, SI
  • Combatting depopulation and attracting talent, introduced by Jenny Edvinsson, Hoga Kusten LEADER LAG, SE
  • Harnessing new technologies, introduced by Sveinn Margeirsson, Heimavinna Consulting,  Iceland
  • Business clusters, fostering collaboration, introduced by Lien Loosvelt, Flemish Blue Cluster,  BE
  • Rethinking social inclusion, introduced by Natalie Slawinski, Memorial University
  • Shoring up local jobs and services, introduced by Alina Baba, Napoca Porolissum LAG, RO
  • Moving to a circular economy, introduced by Thomas Binet, VertigoLab,  FR
  • Energy and climate transition, introduced by Myriam Castanie, RESCoop,  EU
11.15 – 11.45  
Coffee break
11.45 – 13.00  
 World café sessions (Round 2)
13.00 – 13.30 
 Closing session - messages for the future
  • Clara Aguilera, Member of the European Parliamen


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