Answer given by Ms Damanaki on behalf of the Commission
The Commission shares the views of the Honourable Member on the added value of exchange of best practices between local and regional authorities or at national level between Member States.
The Commission proposes in the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund to continue to support the sustainable development of fisheries dependent communities. Support will be available for local development strategies implemented by a partnership of local actors composed of representatives from the public and private sectors and civil society (Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs). Job creation in fishing communities will be supported through the diversification of local economies (diversification within and outside the fisheries sector, in particular towards other maritime sectors) and through adding value to local fisheries products.
Support is also available for FLAGs which want to carry out inter-regional or transnational cooperation projects. An EU‑level network for fisheries areas will continue to facilitate networking and exchange of experience and good practice.
In the framework of the reform of the common fisheries policy, the Commission proposes to promote aquaculture through an open method of coordination based on strategic guidelines, multiannual national plans and agreeing on common objectives. This voluntary process for political cooperation aims also to develop a mutual learning process through exchange of best practices. One of the main tools in this respect are peer review seminars which encourage the dissemination of good practices across Member States by assessing the effectiveness of key policies or institutional arrangements.