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Seminar "Getting started on the ground with Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund"

Pärnu, Estonia, 4-5 June 2009

Picture from the seminar "Getting started on the ground with Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund", Pärnu, Estonia, 4-5 June 2009

125 participants from 19 Member States participated in the seminar, which was held in Pärnu, Estonia, on 4-5 June 2009. The seminar was organised by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE), in partnership with the Estonian Fisheries Administration.

The majority of participants were local actors (representatives of local groups and potential stakeholders of future local groups). Among the participants were also representatives of central and regional administrations of the different Member States. A large delegation of Commission officials was also present, as well as staff members of the newly established Support Unit for the European Fisheries Areas Network (FAR-NET).

The objective of the seminar was to provide guidance on the establishment of new local groups and to help to identify methods and practices that can be used by these groups. It also provided stakeholders with an insight into the day to day activities of a group. The seminar also enabled participants to explore possibilities of twinning and mentoring to transfer knowledge from experienced to less experienced groups.


4 June 2009 
09h00Opening session
Chaired by Mr Toomas Kevvai, Deputy General Secretary for Rural Development and Fisheries Policy, Ministry of Agriculture, Estonia
  • Official opening pdf - 10 KB [10 KB] by Mr Ants Noot, General Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Estonia
  • Welcome speech pdf - 13 KB [13 KB] by Mr Ernesto Penas Lado, Director at the European Commission, DG Fisheries and Maritime Affairs (DG MARE)
  • "State of play of Axis 4: what lies ahead for each of the partners of the programme?"
    Speech pdf - 19 KB [19 KB] by Mr Slawomir Tokarski, Head of Unit, DG MARE
Running an effective partnership 

"The role of the chair and of the other partners" pdf - 195 KB [195 KB] ,
Presentation by Mr Paul Soto, team leader of the FAR-NET Support Unit

10h45"Mapping the state of play: challenges and needs"
"Coffee shop" session (discussion around small tables) facilitated by the FAR-NET experts

"Strengthening the composition and functions of thepartnership"
3 parallel workshops

  • Workshop A (EN – EE): Case-study pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] presented by Ms Jane Fowler, Argyll and Isles Leader group (Scotland, UK )
  • Workshop B (EN – PL): Case-study pdf - 260 KB [260 KB] presented by Mr Stig Hansson, Leader group from Götland  (Sweden)
  • Workshop C (EN – LV): Case-study pdf - 435 KB [435 KB] presented by Mr Anastassios M. Perimenis, Leader group from the Island of Lesvos (Greece)
The Reform of the CFP 
16h30Plenary session
"Key proposals for a reform of the CFP"
Opening by Mr Ernesto Penas Lado, Director, DG MARE
"A reformed CFP in the context of integrated maritime policies: do we need a territorial pillar in the future?" ppt8 - 6 MB [6 MB] (power point presentation ~ 5,5 Mb)
Debate introduced by Alberto Spagnolli, Head of Unit, DG MARE
Exchanges, twinning and cooperation 

"Exchanges, twinning and cooperation, tools at the service of the local project".
Speech ppt8 - 6 MB [6 MB] by Alberto Spagnolli, Head of Unit, DG MARE
Introduction to the cooperation corner
Paul Soto, team leader, FAR-NET Support Unit

Cooperation corner “Using cooperation to make Axis 4 a success”
5 June 2009 
Running the group, the day-to-day task of the team and manager 

Plenary session
Introduction and chair by Mr John Grieve from the FAR-NET Support Unit

  • Case-study pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] presented by Mr Chris Parkin, Manager, South Lanarkshire Leader Group (Scotland, UK)
  • Case-study pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] presented by Ms. Merle Adams, manager of the Leader group  "Green Riverland" (Estonia)
  • Case-study pdf - 3 MB [3 MB] presented by Mr Petri Rinne, manager of the Leader Group of Huittinen, Hämeenkyrö, Punkalaidun and Sastamala (Finland)

"The day-to-day work of the group manager and team"
3 parallel Workshops

  • Workshop A (EN – EE): Resource person Ms Merle Adams
  • Workshop B (EN – PL): Resource person Mr Chris Parkin
  • Workshop C (EN – LV): Resource person Mr Petri Rinne
Networking, a tool for strengthening fisheries areas 

Panel discussion
Chaired by Mr Manuel Arnal Monreal, Professor at the University of Zaragoza


Closing of the seminar 
15h30Closing statement pdf - 14 KB [14 KB]
Mr Stephanos Samaras, Head of Unit, DG MARE
16h00End of the seminar