The DICA Association presents the EU-FIN project (European Union FIshing Network): it is part of European program EUROPE FOR CITIZEN, strand 2, Democratic Engagement and Civic Participation.

The main purpose of the project is the creation of an international network that gathers several municipalities belonging to different European nations, united by a strong and thriving tradition in fisheries. The project involves the organization of 4 events (Ravenna, Syracuse, Espinho, Denia) during which the various the Delegates will discuss the mainthematic of the sector, such as the importance of the fishing tradition in various countries, even in relation to the sustainable development and social integration, European and national legislation and guidelines, exchange of best practices, analysis of the political and economic costs of non-integration and not harmonization in the European context. Other expected results are: to increase the knowledge of the Europe for Citizens program and disseminate the results achieved during the meetings to a wider public, to raise awareness of the importance of a common fisheries policy and its tradition.

The project leader is the Zoo-Prophylactic Experimental Institute of Sicily, the partners are 19 subjects between common and European associations, belonging to 10 different EU nations.

The D.I.C.A non-profit Association has been entrusted for the management and communication of 4 planned events.

Following a brief description of the four events held and the achieved results.


The first event took place in Ravenna in Italy from 9 to 11 February 2015. The conference "Sustainable Fishing - Problems and Common Perspectives" held at the Nature Museum of St. Albert, was articulated into three sessions. The first was the presentation of the program that has allowed the realization of this project and has allowed the participants to increase their knowledge on the Ravenna's territory and the illustration of the Nature Museum, one of the Emilia Romagna Region excellences, has welcomed Eu-fin Project and its delegates for this first event of the project. The next session - both technical and scientific - has focused its attention on the situation of fisheries in the Mediterranean Sea, highlighting the problems and future prospects, the economic and environmental sustainability, safety and health for consumers, marketing strategies for the marketing of fish products. At the conference, there were workshops where 55 students and 6 teachers of secondary school degree "Enrico Mattei" of Marina di Ravenna, partecipated. The students were able to deepen their knowledge of certain territorial fish species. This activity has allowed us to introduce young people to the fishing industry and its products and it is only through knowledge that it's possible to increase the consumption of fish products, whose properties are unquestionably beneficial for the consumers.

The second event of the project took place in Denia, Spain, from 6 to 8 May 2015. The conference "Innovation and Sustainability in Marine Environment and Traditional Fishing" was held at the Castle of Denia. The scientific and technical session focused the attention in the marine environment sustainability and innovation in relation to the traditional fishing techniques. Thanks to the interventions of: Italian veterinarians, representatives of Greenpeace in the city of Madrid, the Director of the Department of Research Oceanogràfic of Valencia, Professors of the University of Alicante and a representative of the local fishing community, all participants to the event have been able to understand the positive impact in terms, not only of environmental, but also of economics, of sustainable fisheries policies. The afternoon session was characterized by the round table on the actions to be developed in partnership in the 2014-2020 programming period. The presentations were followed by a debate among the participants which have emerged the similarities (in terms of geographical areas and areas of intervention) between the several partners and the speakers of the conference, who have expressed their availability and interest in being involved in future planning actions. It finally has been discussed with the delegates about the draft of a memorandum of understanding for a joint approach for the development of the city by the sea. The municipality of Borgia proposed as a legal for the realization of this body the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC), a cooperation instrument at Community level that allows cooperative groups to implement territorial cooperation projects co-financed by the Community or to implement actions of territorial cooperation at the initiative of the Member States.

The third event was held in Espinho in Portugal from 9 to 11 September 2015. The conference "Artisanal Fishing: from regulation to sustainable practices in tourism opportunity" was held at the Forum of Art and Culture of Espinho (F.A.C.E.) (the building that hosts the F.A.C.E. is an ex factory for the conservation of bluefish decommissioned and turned into a cultural space for citizenship in Espinho (museum, exhibition space and conference) and it was attended, besides the invited international delegates by about 60 local delegates). The event was attended by leading Italian and international experts who have delineated a clear and comprehensive picture of the state of fisheries in the Mediterranean, within the European Union's Common fisheries policy. The afternoon session was characterized by a round table for defining actions for the establishment of a "Transnational lobbying association" through the Memorandum of Understanding discussed during the event of Denia and to share a common project proposal to be submitted to the MED program - Specific Objective 3.2 "Maintaining biodiversity and ecosystems through strengthening management and interaction of protected areas." It was also relaunched the debate on the establishment of the European Group of Territorial Co-operation through the creation of a day of discussion and specific programming to be carried out following the last event planned by the project in Syracuse.

The final event of the EU-FIN project, in the definition phase (September 2015), will be held in Syracuse and it will feature three main aims: the official signing of the project among partners of the Memorandum of Understanding "For a common development path of cities on the sea ", the definition of the European Group of Territorial Cooperation and the dissemination of project results.