Slovenia has a coastline of only 46km along the northern Adriatic, between Italy and Croatia in the Gulf of Trieste. The fisheries areas suffer from old small-scale coastal fishing vessels that have out-of-date fishing equipment; low educational level of fishermen and low incomes; the need to strengthen connections between fishermen and other sectors in the community, as well as with the scientific and the research community; and reduced visibility of freshwater aquaculture and a lack of cooperation and integration of this sector with other sectors (e.g. tourism, culture, catering). These issues are at the core of the 4 Slovenian FLAGs’ strategies.
Slovenia’s employment in the marine fisheries sector in 2012 was estimated at 107 jobs, corresponding to 63 full-time equivalents (FTEs), down from 77 FTEs in 2008. The scrapping of vessels under the EFF, including the two largest vessels, played a role in this. However, between 2013-2014 there was growth in marine fishing employment of 9%. The value of fish products landed in 2014 was about €1.29 million.
Aquaculture production is growing and has a total market value of about €3.75 million. The number of people employed in sea-based aquaculture and inland water fish farming increased by 8 and 3% respectively between 2013 and 2014.
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.
Slovenia only had one FLAG with a partnership of 46 members, implementing 20 projects, involving the private fisheries sector in most of them.
Axis 4 made it possible to combine the tradition of commercial sea fishing together with the conservation of natural and maritime cultural heritage in the local area. Through the FLAG partnership, a wide range of local actors (fishermen, marine aquaculture workers, municipalities, scientists, institutions, NGOs and individuals in the field of cultural heritage protection, environmental non-governmental organisations) has been actively involved in initiatives responding to the needs of the local area.
The main challenges that community-led local development must address in Slovenia’s fisheries areas in the coming years are:
To cope with these challenges, the objectives for CLLD in Slovenia for 2014-2020 are:
In the 2014-2020 programming period, CLLD covers the same coastal area of Slovenia and also includes inland areas having aquaculture activities. The total surface area included in EMFF is 4065,6 km2. This is an important change compared to the previous period, where only the coastal area was covered.
The 2014-2020 programming period envisages the use of CLLD in three ESI Funds, namely the EAFRD, ERDF and EMFF.
The decision on the use of the different funds lies with each FLAG (which implies they need to comply with the conditions of each chosen fund); in practice, all the four FLAGs use all three funds.
Networking activities, which consist mainly of training for FLAGs, are organised by the Managing Authority. FLAGs can also benefit from capacity building provided by the Slovenian Rural Development Network.
Click here for the National Network contact details.
In the 2014-2020 period, three cooperation projects were reported by the managing authority. The three Slovenian inland FLAGs cooperated to establish and promote a quality label for local aquaculture products.
For information on how cooperation was programmed and organised in Slovenia, click here.
|Code||Name||Region||Surface area (km²)||Population||Population density (per km²)||Employment in fisheries*|
|SI202||Soča Valley FLAG||
|SI203||Gorenjska košarica FLAG||1089||162000||100||16|