Presidency of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, General direction

International Relations and European Programming Service

Stable structure promoting development cooperation and international partnership activities at regional and local level


In the framework of the Nicosia Initiative, the Regional Council of Friuli Venezia Giulia took part in a concrete initiative of development cooperation addressed to Libyan territory and its reconstruction with particular attention to the fisheries sector, named project “PATH-DEV – Pilot Action in Fishery Sector for Libya Economic Development” implemented in the years 2017-2019 by the Autonomous Region with the economic support of the Italian Ministry of Interior.

This project focused on training young Libyans in the fisheries and aquaculture sector. Numerous institutes of excellence in the region, as well as the highest regional and local fisheries and health authorities, participated in the training sessions as trainers.

For Friuli Venezia Giulia, Libya represents an opportunity for the development of new commercial links in the fishing and fish processing sector. The region’s economic fabric, especially along the coast, traditionally has a strong component dedicated to fish harvesting, processing and marketing. Some important entrepreneurial realities are of cooperative nature. These realities, although having competences and technologies, suffer from a general lack of primary products in the waters of Friuli Venezia Giulia and need primary resources to be able to transform and market.

The “REBUILD” project also focuses on the traceability and certification of Libyan fish in accordance with the model of EU regulations, and on the training of local operators in the sector in this regard.

Therefore, the fundamental reason for the presence of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region in the partnership of the European project “REBUILD” – thanks to the fundamental initiative of the Lead Partner, the Autonomous Province of Trento – is that it represents the complete evolution of the previous project, both for the already consolidated relations with the Mayors of Libya, and, above all, for the significant work that the Region itself has already undertaken in Libya, within the framework of the previous project activities.

Read the other articles of the first newsletter:

1. Activate change to address local needs – Mattia Gottardi, Councilor responsible for Local authorities and relations with the Province Council, Autonomous Province of Trento

2. Better services to the people for stability, peace and prosperity in Libya – Sandra Goffin, Head of Cooperation, Delegation of the European Union to Libya

3. Building capacities of the employees of all Libyan municipalities – Tamim Al Na’as, Deputy Secretary General, Supreme Council of Local Administration – Libya

5. The training proposed by the Centre for International Cooperation – Andrea AnselmiSenior training and facilitation officer, International Cooperation Centre