Axis 4 delivery model Finland
The Finnish delivery system is moderately centralised, but remarkably efficient. FLAGs animate and select projects, but the final approval and payments are done through the regional offices of the Intermediate Body. Thanks to close proximity and trust between the IB and the FLAGs, projects can be approved within six weeks of submission to a FLAG, sometimes even less. Finnish FLAGs have used existing organisations as their legal entities which take on most administrative tasks, leaving the FLAG employees free to focus on mobilising and supporting local stakeholders to develop projects that can benefit fisheries and the territory.