Fisheries Areas Network

Country Factsheet

Romania - 22 FLAGs - 49,9 M€

Romanian fishing activities mostly take place in lakes and ponds, rivers and marine waters from the Black Sea. CLLD addresses low income and poverty in the fisheries sector, and the increasing emigration from these areas, reducing the availability of human resources and affecting the potential to encourage new investment in local communities. In this context, organisational capacities at local level and within the administrations need to be increased. The 22 Romanian FLAGs promote economic diversification and new forms of income that can help revitalise their communities.

CLLD Programme

CLLD Context: 

Agriculture, forestry and fishing represented about 24% of total employment in 2014. Between 2005 and 2014, the fisheries sector was in continuous decline due to the 2008-2009 economic crisis along with rising labour productivity, with numbers falling from 6 811 full-time equivalents (FTE) in 2005 to 3 600 in 2014. The aquaculture sector accounted for 3 930 people (601 women and 3 329 men) in 2014. A special case is the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, where in 2014 the population employed in fisheries and fish farming represented 35% (from approximately 27 000 inhabitants, with a total employed population of 81%).

Romanian fisheries areas include 5 000 km2 of lakes and ponds, 66 000 km of flowing water (of which 1 075 km of the Danube) and 25 000 km2 of marine waters from the Black Sea. The entire national territory is eligible for the EFF / EMFF.

A two page summary of the Operational Programme including contact details of the Managing Authority is available at the following link.

Contact details of the managing authority can be found here.

More information about national EMFF programmes can be found here.


Axis 4 achievements (2007-2013): 

Romania had an initial 14 FLAGs (3 coastal and 11 inland), among which 2 groups (from Botosani and Iasi counties) decided not to continue with Axis 4 seeing that they were unable to implement their strategies.  Among the remaining 12 FLAGs, two were located at the Black Sea, one in the Danube Delta area, seven along the Danube and two on interior lakes. Except for the last two, the FLAG territories were located in the traditional fisheries basins in Romania.

Axis 4 implementation was largely delayed, due to a lack of local initiative in some fisheries communities and a limited capacity to set up FLAGs, the dominant role of local public authorities in some newly created FLAGs and poor local coordination between FLAGs and LAGs. However, significant progress was achieved between 2013-2015: the 12 Romanian FLAGs supported projects with a total value of about €37 million, of which many contributed to creating and maintaining jobs. It is estimated that approximately 900 new FTE jobs were created under EFF. Other projects contributed to diversifying and strengthening fisheries activities at local level, and to reviving and valorising local heritage and fisheries traditions.

CLLD objectives and challenges for 2014-2020: 

The main challenges that community-led local development will have to address in Romania’s fisheries areas in the coming years are low income and poverty in the sector, and the increasing pressure on external migration in the areas, reducing the availability of human resources and affecting the potential to encourage new investment in local communities.

By increasing organisational capacities at the local level and within the administrations, CLLD in Romania aims to provide to the FLAGs a catalyst role for supporting and developing fisheries areas. FLAGs will promote economic diversification and new forms of income that can help revitalise their communities, in particular:

  • Encouraging innovative, competitive and knowledge-based fisheries and aquaculture businesses;
  • Promoting sustainable and resource-efficient fisheries and aquaculture, including the processing of fish products;
  • Supporting employment and territorial cohesion.

In the period 2014-2020, the number of FLAGs increased from 12 to 22. Compared to 2007-2013, the total budget for CLLD has fallen (from €100 million to €45 million), so the average budget per FLAG is significantly lower (falling from €3.5 million to €2 million), with exception for the Danube Delta FLAG still having a budget of €10 million.

Multi-fund CLLD in Romania

There is no multi-funding of FLAGs in Romania and calls for the Fisheries Local Action Groups and the LEADER LAGs are organised separately. However, in practice, some inland FLAGs coordinate their activities with the neighbouring LAGs.

CLLD Budget

Total budget: 
€49 904 862
  • EMFF budget for CLLD: 
    €37 428 646
  • Co-funding: 
    €12 476 216
  • Proportion of CLLD in EMFF budget: 
Number of FLAGs: 
Average budget per FLAG: 
€2 268 403

National Network

An informal Romanian Federation of FLAGs played the role of the National Network (NN) during the 2007-2013 period. At the beginning of the 2014-2020 period the federation split into two informal networks covering all FLAGs in Romania. To avoid duplication of work and to better coordinate with all FLAGs together, the Managing Authority set up a NN Central Unit within the Managing Authority. 

The NN Central Unit facilitates the sharing of experience among FLAGs and collects and disseminates information and good practice examples with those involved in implementing CLLD. It also facilitates exchange with the Romanian rural network and manages the calls for cooperation projects on behalf of the Managing Authority.

Click here for the National Network contact details.

The FLAGs and their areas

The Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development is responsible for selecting the FLAGs and the eight Regional Departments check the eligibility of the strategies first.

Following the first call for FLAGs launched in December 2016, 16 FLAGs are active with strategies under implementation in 2017. A second call has taken place in July 2017 and another 6 FLAGs were approved by the end of 2017.

FLAGs are located in the same traditional fisheries areas as in the 2007-2013 period (the Black Sea and Danube basins and the Danube Delta area), with new FLAGs in the rural areas with aquaculture.


For the EMFF funding period three cooperation projects were reported by the managing authority by December 2021. These projects aimed at improving tourism opportunities in the fisheries areas, promoting the consumption of local fish through awareness raising as well as creating a common and strong strategic vision for the fisheries in the 2021-2027 EMFAF period.  

For information on how cooperation was programmed and organised in Romania, click here.


Code Name Region Surface area (km²) Population Population density (per km²) Employment in fisheries*
RO201 Satu Mare FLAG
Satu Mare
902 112368 59 27
RO202 Mures Basin FLAG
Judeţul Alba
1043 99591 96
RO203 Galati FLAG
926 125674 136 187
RO204 Macin Branch FLAG
731 26667 37 52
RO205 Delta Dunarii (Danube) FLAG
5839 144543 25 1428
RO206 Dobrogea South FLAG 205 33328 163 348
RO207 Constanta Mangalia FLAG
461 54734 119 400
RO208 Braila FLAG
2578 115411 45 348
RO209 Calarasi Danube FLAG
2320 120402 52 263
RO210 Giurgiu FLAG
1233 107800 88 578
RO211 Neamt FLAG
Judeţul Neamţ
825 52268 63
RO212 South Danube FLAG 857 39254 46 62
RO213 Olt FLAG
977 67978 70 271
RO214 Dolj-Danube FLAG
1567 90470 52
RO215 Southwest Danube FLAG 635 22125 35
RO216 Lotru Middle Olt FLAG
566 141965 251
RO217 Botosani FLAG
North east development region
1100 81538 74 60
RO218 Prahova FLAG
1833 147159 80 112
RO219 Fagaras FLAG
1020 36381 36
RO220 Dunarea Dobrogeana FLAG
478 17460 36
RO221 Valea Mostistea FLAG
932 38937 4187 49
RO222 Dobrogea North FLAG
1214 99712 82 1379
(*)according to the information received from the FLAG


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