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FLAG Cooperation in Spain

Cooperation is organised in different ways around Spain, depending on the region. It is generally not mandatory but in the region of Andalusia was a compulsory element of the local development strategies that candidate FLAGs had to submit. In Andalusia and Cantabria, cooperation is organised at FLAG level, while in the other eight Spanish regions, calls for projects are foreseen by the regional authorities in charge of CLLD. These calls are generally foreseen once a year and tend to be coordinated closely with the FLAGs in order to ensure they meet the needs on the ground.

Galicia was the first region to publish a call for cooperation (2016) and select projects. It continues to publish a call around April every year, following a workshop organised for FLAGs in the autumn beforehand to develop cooperation ideas. If any budget is left over from the call, a second call is published in the autumn of the same year. Cooperation themes that have emerged in Spain include: promoting fisheries tourism, heritage and gastronomy, as well as supporting women in fisheries to become better organised and represented.

Budgets vary significantly from one region to another with €35 000 foreseen for the two new FLAGs in the Balearic Islands and around €1.3M foreseen in Galicia for its eight FLAGs. This means that on average, FLAGs will have access to approximately €70 000 each for cooperation projects for the programming period.  

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Level at which cooperation is handled: 
  • In eight out of ten regions cooperation is organised at regional level and FLAGs are encouraged to respond to calls for projects. The regional administration generally selects those projects that will receive funding.
  • In Andalusia and Cantabria, FLAGs develop and select cooperation projects at their own initiative before submitting them to their regional authorities for final approval.
Possible partners: 
  • In most Spanish regions, cooperation projects must be implemented by the FLAGs. However, in Andalusia, Cantabria, Catalonia and the Basque Country, other local organisations can also implement the projects, in collaboration with the FLAG. In Asturias and Galicia, some form of collaboration with other local entities is also envisaged for implementing cooperation projects.
  • In most regions FLAGs can cooperate with partners from CLLD groups funded by all European Structural and Investment Funds and/or with non EU-funded CLLD-type public-private partnerships. However, in the Balearic Islands, Galicia and Valencia FLAGs can only cooperate with other FLAGs.
  • The Balearic Islands and Galicia have also restricted cooperation to EU countries, while FLAGs from other regions can cooperate outside Europe. Certain regions prioritise cooperation starting in the same basin (e.g. Atlantic or Mediterranean).
Financing and co-financing of your cooperation project: 

Cooperation projects are generally subject to the same financing rules as any other FLAG project.

The National Network is specifically tasked with supporting FLAG cooperation and can be contacted at redfep@mapama.es


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