Fisheries Areas Network


Social inclusion for vibrant fishing communities: Jūrmala, 21-23 March 2017


FARNET's fourth transnational seminar of the 2014-2020 programming period will take place on 21-23 March 2017 in Jūrmala, Latvia, at the initiative of the European Commission, and with the support of the Latvian Ministry of Agriculture and the Laukiem and Jūrai FLAG.

The theme of the event is Social inclusion for vibrant fishing communities and is designed to help FLAGs:
• Promote and integrate social inclusion in their local development strategies, in particular providing better support to women and the local youth and a special focus on the unemployed;
• Share experiences on how FLAGs can cooperate with relevant stakeholder organisations active in the social integration of marginalised groups in their areas, including migrants and refugees;
• Better engage with the local fisheries sector to address the socio-economic impact of the CFP reform and other challenges for the small-scale fisheries sector, with regards to its ageing population and training needs.

The seminar will provide a framework for discussions and practical exercises based on successful cases from the EFF/EMFF, additional EU funding instruments, as well as further initiatives aimed at social inclusion. These themes will therefore be addressed through a series of presentations on good practices, working group discussions and a field visit.


 Day 1: Tuesday, 21 March

From 16:00

 Arrival of participants and registration

 Cooperation clinics for participants progressing towards projects 


 Warm-up activity and networking dinner at the conference venue

Day 2: Wednesday, 22 March




 Introductory plenary session

  • Welcome by DG MARE and the Latvian Ministry of Agriculture
  • Presentation by the Laukiem Jurai FLAG on the challenges related to social inclusion in their area
  • Introduction to the seminar theme, FARNET Support Unit
  • Round table discussion: The importance of an inclusive society for fisheries communities – making the best use of the ESI Funds
    • Marie-Anne Paraskevas, DG EMPL
    • Antoine Saint-Denis, ESF Transnational Platform
    • Madara Ulande, Latvian Social Entrepreneurship Association
    • Jane Davies, Northwest Wales FLAG (UK)


 Coffee break


 Working groups – round 1

 Participants will attend one of the following parallel sessions:

  • Alternative livelihoods for fisheries communities: addressing the challenges of CFP implementation for small-scale coastal fisheries through supporting alternative/complementary activities to fishing
  • Ageing workforce in the fisheries sector and the challenge of generational renewal
  • Inclusive fisheries communities: how to improve inclusion of more vulnerable groups of the communities such as women, long-term unemployed and disabled fishermen
  • Integration of migrants into fisheries communities




 Introduction to the social inclusion projects and funding fair


 Social inclusion projects and funding fair


 Working groups – round 2

  • Alternative livelihoods
  • Ageing workforce
  • Inclusive fisheries communities


 Dinner in the “Small Guild Hall” in Riga, courtesy of the Latvian Ministry of Agriculture, departure at 18:30 from the hotel

Day 3: Thursday, 23 March




 Mini plenary panel discussions – round 1

 Social inclusion in terms of development potential for a FLAG  area

 Participants will attend one of the following 3 parallel panel discussions:

  • Linking social inclusion to enterprise (social enterprise)
  • Strategic partnerships for social inclusion in fishing communities
  • Fostering social inclusion in the work of the FLAG


 Coffee break


 Mini plenary panel discussions – round 2

 The parallel mini plenaries are repeated, allowing participants to attend a second mini plenary


 Closing session

  • Expert Sounding Board
  • Messages to take home


 Lunch at the hotel


 Field Trip to projects in the area of the Laukiem Jurai FLAG

 Participants will visit a series of local projects linked to the seminar topic in the local FLAG area




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