FLAG Mangalia Litoral is in the south-east of Romania. The territory borders Bulgaria to the south and the Black Sea to the east and is characterised by coastal cliffs, coastlines and low floodplains. The region’s coastal location is well suited for both fisheries and tourism.
Fisheries have historically been an important part of the region’s economy and the industry includes activities related marine fishing, aquaculture and processing. However, the industry is in decline and many of the shipyards which once flourished in Mangalia are now closed.
Challenges for the FLAG area and its communities include low and inadequate facilities, poor working conditions, unregulated local markets and a lack of infrastructure. High unemployment and a lack of training and educational opportunities are also a challenge for the region, as it its aging population.
The FLAG territory encompasses 10 protected areas, one of which, Costinești 23 August, is a Natura 2000 site.
Central objectives of the FLAG strategy include balanced economic development throughout the area, strengthening the competitiveness of the fisheries sector, increasing employment, improved social cohesion and inclusion and environmental protection.
More specific aims include:
Project examples and ideas for the FLAG include:
Calls for projects are made on a regular basis. More information can be found on the FLAG website:
As the FLAG is newly established, at present, it does not have any specific expertise to share. The FLAG, however, is interested in cooperation projects related to the development of tourism, infrastructure and the creation of fisheries jobs.
FLAG members include the administrative units of the three communes (Albești, Pecineaga and 23 August), three professional fishermen associations and five private enterprises (SC Stamro Cris SRL, SC Brivas Fish SRL, SC Lac Astacus SRL, SC Blanc Cassa’99 Impex SRL and SC Esox Internațional SRL)