European Commission
Leader+ OBSERVATORY
Contact Point
Good Practice database
 56 Good Practice Examples soon available in an online database;
more examples to follow later this year
 Process of gathering was finalised in April 2006
 Approval on a national level
 This represents up to 5 examples per Member State (EU-15) at this
first stage
 Continuous process
EC publication on Leader+
Best Practices
 Publication of Leader+ Best Practice examples in a printed
publication on a yearly basis by the European Commission
 First publication of this kind later in 2006; process has
already started
 21 Best Practice examples were selected out of the 56
”Pilot Actions”/Good Practices by the Contact Point and the
European Commission
 The selection of a total of 21 Best Practices was based on
both conceptual, thematical and geographical balance.
 This selection was sent to the NNUs and confirmed by all.
 As a final result it means that “bigger” MS are represented
with 2 examples each, smaller MS with 1 example.
European Commission
Leader+ OBSERVATORY
Steering Committee Meeting
28/29 June 2006
Cooperation projects – state of the play
Results by end May 2006
 231 projects notified (less then in January, some
double and preparatory projects eliminated)
 Detailed information available for 108 of them
(double of what was available in January)
What is the projects’ origin ?
 The highest numbers
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of projects coming
from:
Ireland (15,2% of
projects)
Germany (13,9%)
Italy (12,6%)
UK (11,7%)
 Some new projects
notified for Belgium,
Spain, Finland, Italy.
*concerns projects where a national LAG
is a Lead partner
Num ber of TCP approved per MS *
0
Greece
LUX
B elgium
NL
Denmark
P o rtugal
Sweden
A ustria
France
Spain
Finland
UK
Italy
Germany
Ireland
0
1
2
3
3
9
10
5
10
16
15
18
20
21
25
27
25
29
30
32
35
35
LAGs’ involvement in the
leadership
 The most active LAGs
remain the same:
Ireland, Sweden,
Finland
Share of national LAGs involved in TNP as a Lead partner
68%
70%
58%
56%
60%
50%
Share of national 40%
LAGs
30%
26%25%
21%
17%17%16%16%
11%11%10%
10%
20%
10%
0%
Grèce
Belgique
Espagne
Pays Bas
Member state
France
Italie
Allemagne
Portugal
Danmark
Autriche
Luxembourg
UK
Finlande
Suède
Irlande
0%
Who are the partners?
 At least 369 LAGs are involved in the cooperation, on
average 4 per project
 Approximately 15% of them are not LAGs L+
 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.
Where do the partners come from?
 All EU-15 MS
 New Member states: Estonia, Hungary, Slovenia,
Latvia, Malta
 Accession country: Romania
 Macedonia, Switzerland, Russia, Georgia,
Azerbajdjan, Tunisia, Canada, Brasil, Mozambic
In which fields do they cooperate?
 Predominant theme:
Themes chosen
best use of natural and
cultural resources
15%
25%
 Two themes chosen by
a quarter of projects
each: quality of life,
use of new know-how
and new technologies
 Local products – least
popular
Use of new know how and new
technologies
Improving the quality of life in rural
areas
Best use of natural and cultural
resources
34%
Adding value to local products
26%
Which intervention fields ?
 Best use of natural and cultural resources:
 Nature and environment (waste management,
protection, biodiversity, technology)
 Culture and education (training, raising awarness,
religion, art, museums, history)
 Tourism (tourism concept, booking structures,
eco-tourism, tourism trails)
Which intervention fields ?
 Using 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
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
environment protection / nature (sustainable
tourism)
Which intervention fields ?
 Adding value to local products
 Economy (cooperation between SME / producers)
 Marketing (e-commerce)
 Food quality and brand development
 Crafts
 Tourism
Cooperation with NMS
 6 NMS implement the Leader+ measure
 Only Czech Republic, Hungary and Lithuania have
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selected their LAGs under the sub-measure
« Implementation of development strategies »
CzR: transnational cooperation limited to the
activities carried out on the national territory
Hungary: transnational cooperation possible if
foreseen in the development strategy
Lithuania: no transnational cooperation financed
Cooperation with NMS - challenges
 LAG selection procedures have not been
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terminated yet in 3 MS, 3 other NMS do not
provide financial support for cooperation at all
Very short time for implementation of projects
Low budget assigned per LAG (ranges from EUR
47 000 in Lithuania to almost EUR 400 000 in
Hungary)
Little previous experience
Assistance structures under development
Follow-up
 Some countries are still in the process of
completing the information (half of project
templates are not filled in)
 The translation into English of the projects
 Please inform us about each new project
approved!
European Commission
Leader+ OBSERVATORY
Steering Committee Meeting
28/29 June 2006
EVENTS
Events 2005-2006
Retrospective: what has happened eventwise:
 Leader+ Observatory Seminar
« New Know-how and new technologies in rural areas»
6-10 April in Kauhajoki, Finland
 Leader+ Observatory Conference:
« European Cooperation Fair »
28 – 29 June 2005 in Brussels/Belgium
 Leader+ Observatory Seminar
« Adding value to local products »
14 – 18 February in Grosseto, Italy
 Schruns/Austria, 25 – 29 April
Leader+ Observatory Seminar
« Making best use of natural and cultural resources »
Seminar in Austria:
Making the best use of natural and
cultural resources
Austria
A pie chart to show the distribution of nationalities at the Leader+
decentralised seminar on the best use of natural and cultural resources
Belgium
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Finland
5%
14%
12%
France
Germany
1%
4%
14%
1%
8%
1%
3%
2%
6%
5%
1%
5%
1%
2%
5%
5%
2%
5%
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Luxembourg
Netherlands
Poland
Portugal
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
UK
Seminar in Austria:
Making the best use of natural and
cultural resources
Has the participation been worthwhile for you?
How do you rate the event as a whole?
0,00%
0,00%
0,00%
0,00%
0,00%
13,89%
No
0,00%
5,56%
5,56%
1
2
3
4
11,11%
Yes
5
No
6
7
Yes
100,00%
8
9
63,89%
10
Retrospective of all past seminars from
2005 until now
A histogram to show the distribution of nationalities over the last
four Leader+ Observatory events
100%
90%
80%
70%
60%
50%
40%
30%
20%
10%
0%
Coop Fair
Finland
Italy
Austria
UK
Switzerland
Sweden
Spain
Slovenia
Slovakia
Serbia & Montenegro
Portugal
Poland
Netherlands
Malta
Luxembourg
Lithuania
Latvia
Italy
Ireland
Hungary
Greece
Germany
France
Finland
Estonia
Denmark
Czech Republic
Cyprus
Croatia
Belgium
Austria
Retrospective of all past seminars from
2005 until now
A histogram to show the profile of the participants of the
last four Leader+ Observatory events
100%
90%
80%
Other LAGs
70%
Other
National Network Units
60%
New Member State Partnerhsips
50%
Managing Authorities
40%
Government / Ministries
EU Institutions
30%
Contact Point
Leader+ LAGs
20%
10%
0%
Coop Fair
Finland
Italy
Austria
Future events
 October 2006:
 possibly 18-20 October 2006 and in principle in
Budapest/Hungary (to be confirmed):
Leader+ Observatory Seminar for and in the
New Member States
 State of play
 Questionnaire
Future events
 Decentralised seminar in Portugal
in March 2007
 last decentralised seminar of the current
programme period
 transversal theme
 information will be available in September
European Commission
LEADER+ STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING
LEADER+ OBSERVATORY SEMINAR
28-29 JUNE 2006 IN BRUSSELS/BELGIUM
European Map
EU LEADER+ MAP STATUS
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STATUS OF GIS-DATA COLLECTION ON LEADER+ LAG AREAS IN JANUARY 2006
EU LEADER+ MAP STATUS
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STATUS OF GIS-DATA RECEIVED FROM THE MEMBER STATES ON LEADER+ LAG AREAS IN JUNE 2006
EU LEADER+ MAP STATUS
 SPATIAL DATA FROM THE FOLLOWING MEMBER STATES IS STILL MISSING:
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FINLAND
PORTUGAL
SWEDEN
DENMARK
THE NETHERLANDS : No spatial data available
 SPATIAL DATA FROM THE FOLLOWING MEMBER STATES IS INCOMPLETE:
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UNITED KINGDOM: Data received from England, data missing from: Northern Ireland, Scotland
and Wales.
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