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 were 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
    • 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
12.30 – 13.30 
13.30 – 15.00 
  • Opening by Dacian Cioloș, MEP
  • Screening of a short video
  • 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 - Visions for 2030

09.45 – 11.15 

 World café sessions on the following themes (Round 1):

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 Parliament
  • Gilles van de Walle - FARNET Support Unit



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