The First Annual Conference of the FEAD Community took place on 10 March 2020 in Brussels, Belgium.
© Shutterstock / STILLFX
The conference was the first mutual learning event of a cycle of capacity-building seminars aimed at improving FEAD delivery at national, regional and local level. The conference provided an opportunity to take stock of FEAD’s achievements to date and discuss future challenges to be addressed. It provided a space for participants to share experiences from the ground and to shape the upcoming capacity-building seminars aiming at exploring promising practices and innovative solutions to common issues.
The conference balanced panel discussions with interactive workshops, providing opportunities for maximising communication between participants. It was focussing on:
- Taking stock of achievements of the FEAD Community so far;
- Identifying challenges that still need to be tackled by involved stakeholders;
- Identifying steps to overcome priority challenges during the transition period and in view of the upcoming programming period (ESF+).
The conference was open to 150 participants representing local, regional and national stakeholders involved in the implementation of FEAD, including: Managing Authorities, Intermediate Bodies, beneficiaries providing support and their partners (e.g. municipalities), independent experts, civil society organisations and representatives from the European Commission.