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Assessing the added value of the LEADER approach

Chapter 4
Information needs at the national/regional and European level


4.6. Networking and transnational cooperation


a) Making external resources available

Initial situation:

Describe how the regional/national network was organised:

  • definition of its functions,
  • choice of body in charge,
  • main activities, staff and costs

What guidelines were given on transnational cooperation?

Which method of Measure C financial management was chosen (pre- allocation of funding or call for proposals in the course of implementing the programme)?

Was technical assistance for transnational cooperation foreseen? If yes, describe this?


How were information circulation and networking organised?

How were needs defined and satisfied?

How was the transfer of innovative actions managed?

Was the technical assistance for transnational cooperation provided by the Observatory:

  • positive, by enabling groups to define useful projects for their area?

  • negative, by distracting the groups' manager from local work?

How was the selection for financing Measure C projects organised. According to which criteria?

Was the division of funds between Measures B and C altered during the programme? If yes, why?

Results and impact:

Did networking and transnational cooperation:

  • help reduce the isolation of groups?
  • provide the information needed by the groups?
  • facilitate exchanges between groups and the transfer of experience?
  • enable actions to be undertaken that could not have been done so by one group only?


What lessons should be drawn for future actions?

b) Identifying best practice

  • Compare the models and best practices of groups using networking and transnational cooperation

  • Identify the perceived differences in the relevance of the services offered by the bodies in charge of the network

  • Did networking and transnational cooperation:

  • reduce isolation?

  • improve access to information?

  • promote transfers?

  • structure the demand and supply of products and services?

  • enable actions to be undertaken that would have been impossible for one group?

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