European Commission
Enhancing transnational cooperationA role of the Leader+ Contact Point
Karolina Jasinska, National Conference, Rome, 15 Dec. 2005
Summary
 Tools developed to enhance cooperation and
give it visibility:
 Partner search tool
 LAG Data base
 Events
 Transnational Cooperation Projects Data Base
 Future activities
 Seminars
 Good practices selection
 Leader+ Programmes Data Base
Partner Search Tool
 Provides a possibility to look for partners for
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emerging projects / offer cooperation availability
Has existed since June 2003, result of joint
efforts of NNUs
Recently upgraded & revised (linked with LAG DB,
used during Cooperation Fair, offers not valid
removed, soon available in 11 languages)
Partner Search Tool
– Project offers
 N° of projects: 245
 From 21 countries (most from France: 65, Italy:
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42, Spain: 24)
Most popular theme: Making best use of natural
and cultural resources
Additional themes: Reception of newcomers,
Reorienting local economic activities
Partner Search Tool
– Project offers
 Among 10 Top fields of intervention:
Tourism 52%
 Thematic tourism / Cultural tourism
 Tourist circuits / Routes
 Active tourism
Culture 39%
 Event
 Customs / Way of living
 History
Other themes 8%
 Gastronomy
Partner Search Tool
– Project offers
 Among 10 top target groups:
 Local inhabitants 17%
 Tourists / Visitors 17%
 Associations / Local groups 16%
 + Young people, Businesses, Women, Farming
families, Newcomers, Unemployed / Under –
employed, Men
Partner Search Tool
– Project offers
 Preferred target country:
 France 6%
 Spain 5%
 Italy 5%
 Portugal 4%
 Germany 3.5%
 Looking for partners out of the EU:
 Switzerland, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Brazil
LAG Data base
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Launched in summer 2005
Most LAGs contributed
Constantly updated if changes notified
Provides with: contact details, description of the territory,
development strategy, cooperation partners
 LAG data sheets can be entered via a search engine,
clickable map, Who is who section
 Further developments: summary translation into English of
the descritptive parts, integration of NMS LAGs
European Cooperation Fair –
27-28 June 2005
 Flexibile concept giving room to different expectations and
levels regarding transnational cooperation
 A plenary part, including technical presentations of selected
cases described and analysed in all their stages
 An „Open Space“ allowing networking through
 an exhibition about the „Diversity of Leader+ in Europe“,
run by the National Network Units
 Partner Search Area for the use of the Partner Search
Tool online and an „ad space“
 one-to-one sessions
 thematic roundtables for max. 20 persons
European Cooperation Fair –
who participated?
 494 participants
 278 L+LAG, 37 nationally funded LAG, 3 NMS
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partnerships, 15 NNU, 20 Managing Authorities…
Austria 29, Belgium 22, Croatia 2, Cyprus 3,
Czech Republic 4, Denmark 18, Finland 34,
France 27, Germany 25, Greece 3, Ireland 10,
Italy 111, Latvia 4, Lithuania 4, Luxemburg 2,
Malta 1, Netherlands 15, Poland 5, Portugal 27,
Serbia & Montenegro 1, Slovakia 5, Spain 42,
Sweden 4, Switzerland 2, United Kingdom 7
European Cooperation Fair –
results evaluation
 Aim – to examine usefulness of the event
 Carried out 4 months later
 Did you go one step further in comparison to the
stage of cooperation before the event and to
what extent?
 34 questionaries returned
European Cooperation Fair –
results evaluation
% LAGS at different stages of a TNC project
% LAGs that progressed in their projects
during the conference
1. "Idea" for proposal /
searching partners
14%
30%
13%
33%
2. "Concrete" proposal /
searching partners
3. "Common idea" of a
proposal
YES
NO
4. "Common concrete"
proposal
13%
67%
16%
14%
5. "Approved" proposal
by MA of lead partner
6. Project approved / up
and running
Number of LAGs at different stages of cooperation procedure
showing how many progressed during the conference
6. Project approved / up
and running
YES
5. "Approved" proposal by
MA of lead partner
NO
4. "Common concrete"
proposal
3. "Common idea" of a
proposal
2. "Concrete" proposal /
searching partners
1. "Idea" for proposal /
searching partners
0
5
10
15
20
25
30
European Cooperation Fair –
results evaluation
Number of LAGs finding potential partners
during the conference; how many other LAGs
were found per project
Number of LAGs coming to an informal concrete
agreement; how many LAGs involved in the project
14
5
6
5
4
12
3
10
4
5
3
2
1
2
4
1
8
3
6
2
4
1
2
0
0
1. "Idea" for
proposal /
searching
partners
2. "Concrete"
proposal /
searching
partners
3. "Common
idea" of a
proposal
4. "Common
concrete"
proposal
1. "Idea" for
proposal /
searching
partners
2. "Concrete"
proposal /
searching
partners
3. "Common
idea" of a
proposal
4. "Common
concrete"
proposal
European Cooperation Fair –
results evaluation
Number of LAGs joining an existing project
by stage of project development
Details of where partners were found
Partner Search Area
1. "Idea" for proposal /
searching partners
23%
31%
14%
27%
Roundtable
2. "Concrete" proposal /
searching partners
15%
3. "Common idea" of a
proposal
31%
4. "Common concrete"
proposal
Exhibition
23%
One-to-One contact
w ith NNU / MA
18%
18%
coffee-breaks /
lunches / dinner
European Cooperation Fair –
results evaluation
Progress made after the conference
(number of LAGs)
Leading LAG of an
approved project
5
9
Fully involved but not
leading LAG of
approved project
European Cooperation Fair –
results evaluation
Expectations of delegates and whether they were met
NO
Others
Advice on the management of a
project
YES
Support in setting up a project
Find a partner
Support to define needs and
formulate partner search ads
More information about
administrative rules
Learn more about transnational
cooperation
0
5
10
15
20
25
30
35
Transnational Cooperation Projects
Data Base – objective & method
 Objective
 Common tool for the exchange of information on the
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implementation of transnational cooperation
Method
Identification of approved projects per Member state (EU15) in cooperation with the Managing Authorities /
coordinating Ministries
Filling-in of data in the specific web forms for each project
by the MA/NNU/LAGs
Publication of the projects on-line
Continous check and update of published projects
Periodical recording of new projects
Transnational Cooperation Projects
Data Base – first results by end
Nov. 2005
 Information on projects existing received from 14
MS + 2 Spanish regions
 Projects reported during summer 2005
 221 projects recorded
Transnational Cooperation Projects
Data Base – first results by end
Nov. 2005
 Highest scores:
Ireland,
Germany, UK
*concerns projects
where a national LAG
is a Lead partner
Number of approved TCP per MS *
SWEDEN
FINLAND
PORTUGAL
GREECE 0
UK
3
SPAIN
3
NETHERLANDS
3
LUXEMBOURG
IRELAND
ITALY
GERMANY
FRANCE
5
DENMARK
1
BELGIUM
AUSTRIA
0
5
9
23
8
31
43
21
33
22
16
10
15
20
25
Number of projects
30
35
40
45
Transnational Cooperation Projects
Data Base – first results by end
Nov. 2005
 Most active
LAGs:
Ireland,
Sweden, Finland
Share of national LAGs involved in TNP as a Lead partner
73%
80%
70%
58%
60%
44%
50%
Share of national
40%
LAGs
30% 21%
20%
5%
10%
17% 16%
11%
11%
13%
11%
1%
0%
SWEDEN
FINLAND
PORTUGAL
GREECE
UK
SPAIN
Country
NETHERLANDS
LUXEMBOURG
IRELAND
ITALY
GERMANY
FRANCE
DENMARK
BELGIUM
AUSTRIA
0%
30%
25%
Transnational Cooperation Projects
Data Base – follow up
 Information collected on: partners (linked with the LAG
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DB), brief history of the project, common cooperation
objectives, joint « action plan », legal aspects, expected
outputs and results, added value of the project, financial
resources
By now only 10% of projects fully described
Most countries are in the process of completing the
information
Publication on-line of the complete project data sheet in
the original language foreseen for mid-January 2006
The translation into English will be also provided
Future activitiesEvents 2006
 2 seminars
 “Adding value to local products”, Grosseto, 14-18
February
 “Making best use of cultural and natural
resources”, Schruns (Vorarlberg), Austria, 25-29
April
 1 event specific for the NMS
Future activitiesunder development
 Good practice selection
 Leader+ Programmes Data Base
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