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Sventoji FLAG

Official name: 
Šventosios žuvininkystės regiono vietos veiklos grupė
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
LT201
Programming period: 
2014-2020

Territoire

The Šventoji FLAG area is characterised by a particularly attractive geographical location, exceptional nature, beaches that meet international standards and numerous cultural and natural heritage sites. Palanga is conveniently placed geographical, located 15km from the Latvian border, 25km north of Klaipėda railway station and 30km north of the Klaipėda international sea ferry terminal. The A13 highway connects Palanga and Šventoji. Palanga international airport is about 7km from the city centre.

The city of Palanga has resort status and its advantages include its accessibility, natural environment, the reputation of the resort, local tourism flows, and the increase of inbound tourism flows from neighbouring countries. This is one of Lithuania’s few regions not facing depopulation and with a growing economy.

Fisherman in the Šventoji FLAG fish along the Baltic Sea coast and in the Šventoji River, where stocks and catches remain stable throughout the year. The FLAG also has three processing enterprises on its territory. Šventoji seaport – a state-owned seaport, can be found in the FLAG area. The main purpose of the port is to service fishing vessels, facilitate the initial processing of fish, develop trade, service vessels of the state border guard service of the Republic of Lithuania, enable specialised rescues (related to spillages, fires and marine environmental protection) and shipping and fishing controls.

Challenges to the FLAG include creating cooperation between the area’s fisheries and other sectors as the diversification of fisheries activities is seen as an important aspect of the area long-term development. While diversification is an important objective, another key challenge for the FLAG is achieving this development while also maintaining the regions cultural values and traditions.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

The FLAG has nine protected areas (including the main Seaside Regional Park) and three Natura 2000 sites (including the Baltic Sea Coastline and the Karklės Marine Reserve).

Population
15 367
Surface area (km²)
79
Population density
218
Total employment in fisheries
96
Fishing: 
41
Processing: 
55

Stratégie du GALPA

The FLAG strategy supports the following objectives:

  • Cooperation activities between fisheries sector representatives in diversifying economic activities.
  • The implementation of innovation to ensure quality, new marketing methods, added value, product quality and the better use of unwanted catches.
  • The creation of an infrastructure needed for fishing and fostering regional fishing traditions.
Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
44%
Supporting diversification
4
21%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
5
35%

Financement

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
598 191
  • EMFF: 
    508 462
  • MS co-financing: 
    89 729
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National

Exemples de projet

FLAG project examples and ideas will be focused on the following:

  • The enhancement of the area’s fisheries competitiveness through shorter supply chains and an increased awareness of the importance of marketing.
  • The preservation and promotion of the area’s fisheries tradition and cultural values.
  • The development of better cooperation activities between fisheries sector representatives in diversifying economic activities.

Calls for proposals

The FLAG makes regular calls for projects which are published on the FLAG website.

Expertise et coopération

As the Šventoji FLAG was founded in the 2014-2020 period, it is still developing its thematic experience. The FLAG is interested in transnational cooperation projects focused on R&D and innovation.

Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
60000.00

Partenariat

Members of the partnership: 

The FLAG has a total 14 members which represent various organisations, institutions and enterprises operating in the territory. The Šventoji region FLAG board is a collegial governing body. 46% of its members come from private or non-governmental organisations, 27% come from the fishing and/or aquaculture businesses and 27% are local government representatives.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
14
% of fisheries actors: 
27%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
46%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
11
% of public actors: 
27%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
2,00

Carte

FLAG Contacts

Šventoji region FLAG
 
Mokyklos g. 62 K3-35
LT-00303 Palanga
Lithuania
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Ramunė Olšauskaite-Urbonienė
Phone:
+370 614 83 588
FLAG President:
Mr. Vaidas Šimaitis
Languages:
  • Lithuanian (Mother tongue)
  • English (Intermediate)
Publication date: 
31/07/2018
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