European Commission Leader+ Steering Committee Meeting 12 March 2008 in Brussels / Belgium Leader+ Transnational Cooperation database Martin Law, Team Leader, Leader+ Observatory Contact Point The European Leader+ Website http://ec.europa.eu/leaderplus Main menu: Contact details of all Leader+ actors (in ‘Who’s who’) Documents of the European Leader+ events Leader+ country data sheets Publications in pdf-format (Magazine and Flash News) Publication materials/communication package Library / Archives / FAQ etc. Interactive Tools: Monitoring Indicators database Leader+ Infobank LAG Database Database of transnational cooperation projects Partner Search Tool: Instrument for encouraging transnational cooperation European database of Leader+ good practices Leader Competence Pool Events calendar Subscription form for publications 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 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: - 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: - - 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: - 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+ Thank you for your attention !