Fisheries Areas Network


FARNET Managing Authorities meeting, Brussels, 17-18 May 2017

Managing Authorities (MAs) and National Networks (NNs) met in Brussels on 17 and 18 May 2017 to work on the implementation of fisheries CLLD. The main focus of the meeting was on getting FLAGs operational and ensuring they are equipped and supported to foster change in their communities through effective and sustainable local development projects.




The following three topics were addressed:

  • Ensuring timely and efficient implementation of CLLD in fisheries areas
  • Facilitating cooperation - provisions foreseen, progress and challenges
  • Encouraging FLAGs to improve the quality of the projects funded, through:
    • more innovative projects
    • built-in monitoring and local strategy evaluation

As usual, the meeting was also an opportunity to update information about the state of play and explore specific implementation issues in bi- and trilateral discussions with the FSU and DG MARE.

Meeting report


Participants List



 Wednesday, 17 May 2017

14.00 – 15.30

 Introductory session:

16.00 – 16.30

 Introduction to discussion hubs (in plenary):

  • myFARNET: new interactive exchange platform on farnet.eu  
  • Enabling cooperation: progress and challenges
  • Delivering CLLD: getting the remaining FLAGs operational, advancing running costs, streamlining delivery systems…   

 Advance payments in implementing fisheries CLLD in Poland

16.30 – 18.00

 3 parallel hub discussions: These are informal exchanges with other MS, the FARNET Support Unit and DG MARE where MAs and NNs can discuss challenges and share ideas and solutions. (Three 30 minute rounds, MAs can attend three discussions or stay for longer in those of particular interest).

  • myFARNET: hands-on support to become operational on this new platform to exchange directly with other MAs
  • Enabling cooperation: stock-taking on progress and resolving of any challenges arising
  • Delivering CLLD: solution sharing to get remaining FLAGs operational as soon as possible, advancing running costs, streamlining delivery systems… 


 Thursday, 18 May 2017

9.30 – 10.45

 Plenary session on delivering results

10.45 – 11:30

 Coffee break including:

  • Further questions to FAME
  • Bi- and tri-laterals discussions by Member State

11.30 - 11.45

  Beyond “business as usual”: Ensuring the innovative character of CLLD

11.45 - 13.00

 Parallel working groups on ensuring the innovative character of the second generation of CLLD projects

 - ensuring a delivery system which enables experimentation

 - encouraging FLAGs to innovate

13.00 – 14.30

 Lunch including:

 Bi- and tri-lateral discussions by Member State

14.30 -  14.45

 Looking ahead

 - Feedback from working groups and MAs’ follow-up steps (interactive exercise)

 - Introducing sea basin cooperation

14.45– 15.20

 Sea basin exchanges (fostering peer to peer support and regional cooperation)

  • Atlantic
  • Baltic
  • Mediterranean

15.20 – 15.45

 Closing plenary session

  • Conclusions
  • Upcoming FARNET activities
  • Small-scale coastal fisheries work
  • Next MA meeting in Estonia

As from 15.45

 Last round of bi- or tri-lateral discussions by Member State


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