At the initiative of the European Commission, and with the support of the Latvian Ministry of Agriculture and the Laukiem and Jūrai FLAG, FARNET’s fourth transnational seminar of the 2014-2020 programming period will take place on 21-23 March 2017 in Jūrmala, Latvia.

The theme of the event is Social inclusion for vibrant fishing communities and is designed to help FLAGs:

  • Promote and integrate social inclusion in their local development strategies, in particular providing better support to women and the local youth and a special focus on the unemployed;
  • Share experiences on how FLAGs can cooperate with relevant stakeholder organisations active in the social integration of marginalised groups in their areas, including migrants and refugees;
  • Better engage with the local fisheries sector to address the socio-economic impact of the CFP reform and other challenges for the small-scale fisheries sector, with regards to its ageing population and training needs.
  • The seminar will provide a framework for discussions and practical exercises based on successful cases from the EFF/EMFF, additional EU funding instruments, as well as further initiatives aimed at social inclusion. These themes will therefore be addressed through a series of presentations on good practices, working group discussions and a field visit.ūrmala-latvia-21-23-march-2017