European Commission
Leader+ Steering Committee Meeting
12 March 2008 in Brussels / Belgium
Leader+ Transnational Cooperation database
Martin Law, Team Leader, Leader+ Observatory Contact Point
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Number of LAGs under Leader+
Number of Leader+ LAGs per Member State (Total of 1 153)
140
140
133
120
100
70
80
57 56 52
60
4
3
0
CY
M
T
20
BG
28 25
22 20 17
12 12 10 10
EE
40
40
0
0
0
0
Member State
RO
SK
SI
LT
LU
CZ
SW
LV
DK
BE
IE
FI
NL
G
R
PT
AT
UK
IT
HU
FR
DE
ES
0
PL
Number of L+ LAGs
160 149 148 145
0
Selected theme under Leader+
Themes chosen by all LAGs
 Natural and cultural
resources most popular –
34%
34%
Use of new know-how
and new technologies
13%
Improving the quality of
life in rural areas
 New know-how and new
technologies least popular
– 13%
30%
Adding value to local
products
23%
Best use of natural and
cultural resources
Transnational cooperation under Leader+
(based on data from January 2008)
Number of all registered TCP per MS*
Total of 383 registered projects
LU
GR
Origin of projects ?
4
BE
7
DK
Member State
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


3
NL
 The highest numbers of projects are coming
from:
UK (15%)
France (15 %)
Finland (12 %)
Germany (12 %)
Italy (11 %)
1
9
SW
10
AT
11
PT
27
IE
29
ES
37
IT
41
DE
45
FI
48
FR
55
UK
56
0
10
20
30
40
Number of projects
*concerns projects where a national LAG is a lead partner
50
60
Transnational cooperation under Leader+
(based on data as at 1 January 2008)
LAGs’ involvement in the
leadership:
Share of national LAGs* involved in TNP as Lead partner
70%
 The most active LAGs:
Ireland, Sweden, Finland and
UK
 Why?
Share of national LAGs (%)
60%
60%
58%
50%
40%
40%
33%
30%
30% 29%
26% 25%
23%
19%
20%
17%
13% 12%
11%
10%
5%
0%
IE
SW
FI
UK
BE
PT
FR
LU
IT
Member State
ES
DK
AT
DE
NL
GR
Transnational cooperation under Leader+
Who are the partners?:
 At least 464 LAGs are involved in cooperation, with an average 4 per
project
 Approximately 15% of them are not Leader+ LAGs:
 LAGs financed under previous Leader programmes
 Partnerships financed under national programmes (PRODER, POMO)
 Other bodies involved in the cooperation:
 Tourism and development agencies, associations (environmental, educational,
heritage), local and regional authorities, universities and research institutes.
Transnational cooperation under Leader+
Where do the partners come from?
 All EU-15 MS
 New Member states: Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Slovenia,
Malta, Cyprus and Romania
 Azerbajdjan, Brazil, Canada, Georgia, Lebanon, Former Yugoslav
Republic of Macedonia, Morocco, Mozambique, Norway, Switzerland,
Russia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey etc…
Transnational cooperation under Leader+
On which themes do they
cooperate?
Themes chosen for all TCP
Use of new know-how and
new technologies
 Predominant theme: best use of
natural and cultural resources
21%
Improving the quality of life in
rural areas
36%
 Two next most popular themes
chosen: quality of life, use of new
know-how and new technologies
Adding value to local products
26%
 Least popular: adding value to
local products
17%
Best use of natural and
cultural resources
Transnational cooperation under Leader+:
comparison between LAG theme and TCP
theme
Themes chosen
45%
 Natural and cultural
resources is most popular
in both cases
and new technologies is
more popular when part
of a TCP – Why?
34%
35%
28%
30%
30%
Themes chosen
for TCP
23%
25%
20%
 Use of new know-how
39%
40%
15%
18%
13%
15%
10%
5%
0%
Use of new Improving the Adding value Best use of
know-how quality of life
to local
natural and
and new
in rural areas
products
cultural
technologies
resources
Themes chosen
by all LAGs
Transnational cooperation under
Leader+
Which intervention fields ?
 Best use of natural and cultural resources:
 Nature and environment (waste management, protection,
biodiversity, technology)
 Culture and education (training, awareness raising, religion, art,
museums and history)
 Tourism (tourism concept, booking structures, eco-tourism, tourism
trails)
Transnational cooperation under
Leader+
Which intervention fields ?
 Use of new know-how and new technologies:
 Marketing and promotion (tourism products, local products, natural
and cultural sites) through common web sites and booking
structures
 Professional training
NB. Theme is more popular as Action 2 than Action 1 project.
Transnational cooperation under
Leader+
Which intervention fields ?
 Improving the quality of life:
 Culture and education (languages, links with new inhabitants, events)
 Training (professional and life-long training aimed at SME, focused on local
resources)
 Raising awareness on subjects linked with environmental protection /
nature (sustainable tourism)
Transnational cooperation under
Leader+
Which intervention fields ?
 Adding value to local products:
 Economy (cooperation between SME / producers)
 Marketing (e-commerce)
 Food quality and brand development
 Crafts
 Tourism
Transnational cooperation with NMS under
Leader: the challenges
 LAG selection procedures have been terminated only recently in 3 NMS (PL,
LV, EST), 4 other NMS (CY, SK, SL, MT) do not provide financial support for
cooperation at all
 Very short time for implementation of projects
 Low budget assigned per LAG
 Little previous experience
 Structures which could assist are still under development
Transnational cooperation under
Leader+EU-15: some examples
 Magazine 2: Austria + Germany: Training for cultural guides and
regional museum management. 3 LAGs
 Important project aspects:
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Strong basis for cooperation based on linking history and culture with
tourism and employment
Visit to Italy where similar project already implemented
Clarification of approval procedures at national level
Agreement of leading LAG and its financial role
Agreement between LAGs re. areas of competence and responsibility
Understanding of need to prepare for market entry: publicity
materials, web-site etc.
 Provides a sustainable basis for future cooperation and a ‘best practise’
example
Transnational cooperation under
Leader+EU-15: some examples
 Magazine 3: France + Germany: EURO LAND ART: 2 LAGs
 Important aspects:
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Common project idea provides the regions with a modern and creative
image
Idea developed together: importance of setting up early meetings
project goals, and a clear steps and responsibilities
Need for site visits in both regions and adapt the project to reflect the
different cultural differences: common branding on marketing
materials; publicity for each partner in each country
Create awareness by showing both differences and similarities of each
region by involving local actors: chefs; writers; and naturalists etc.
Project served two regions with very similar: languages; culture;
natural resources and economic needs.
Evaluation and general analysis to decide to continue
Transnational cooperation under
Leader+EU-15: some examples
 Magazine 4: France + Spain: GRUS: ornithological tourism
network: 15 LAGs (incl. non-Leader+)
 Important aspects:
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Based on a Leader II project: but a more focussed target group
Based on common zones of special interests: awareness of nature
conservation required for all participating LAGs
Language barriers and cultural differences had to be overcome
Development of: common tourist packages/management systems to
be later adapted for different sites
Exploitation of new technologies for common use
Transnational cooperation
under Leader+
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