“Over 450 stakeholders, including FLAGs, Managing Authorities, fisheries organisations and NGOs, involved in the sustainable development of coastal and fisheries areas took part in DG MARE’s high level event in Brussels, “Sailing Towards 2020”. The event brought together delegates from 27 different countries, including political leaders from the local, regional and national level, as well as Members of the European Parliament and representatives from the European Council’s Presidency and the Commission.
Opened by Mr. Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and organised with the assistance of the FARNET Support Unit, the conference offered an opportunity to witness first-hand the results of 42 local projects supported by Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) and to explore the potential for Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) to face new challenges in coastal and fisheries communities.
Implemented by 312 Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs), Axis 4, during the 2007-2014 period, supported over 10 000 projects at the local level, applying a bottom-up, local development approach in fisheries and coastal areas across 21 Member States. In the 2014-2020 period, CLLD will be supported by the EMFF, as well as by other European Structural and Investment Funds such as the Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, the Regional Development Fund or the Social Fund.
Through a dynamic project exhibition and a series of thematic working group sessions, the “Sailing Towards 2020″ conference studied the achievements and lessons drawn from Axis 4 in order to inform the development of CLLD in Europe’s coastal areas. In particular, it considered new opportunities for FLAGs to work in partnership with other actors in order to seize the challenges and opportunities presented by the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, blue growth, climate change and the urgency of fostering job creation and social inclusion in coastal and fisheries areas. ”
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