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Assessing the added value of the LEADER approach

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


4.7. Financial and management methods


a) Funding attribution

Initial situation:

  • What guidelines and procedures were established and what were the basic principles?

  • What degree of autonomy in financial decision-making was accorded to the groups?

  • Which financial instruments were suggested? Why? Were alternative funding mechanisms foreseen?

  • Was co-funding available? On which basis: annual or multi- annual? How did this influence the progress and impact of the actions?


What were the consequences of the financial procedures in terms of:

  • the progress and impact of the actions?
  • the availability of funding?
  • use of the flexibility given to the groups?
  • decision-making autonomy?
  • accountability? [11]

Results and impact:

  • Did delays influence the results of the actions?
  • Did flexibility help correct initial errors?
  • Was funding attribution carried out effectively by the groups?


What lessons should be drawn about the financial management effectiveness of groups?

b) Identifying best practice

  • Identify the most suitable financial management models.

  • Explain their differences.

  • Evaluate:

    • the effectiveness of decision-making in managing funding attribution?
    • the degree of flexibility allowed and what is necessary?
    • the leverage effect obtained in the negotiations between the different operators.


[11] Accountability: the obligation for operators involved
in setting up and implementing public intervention, to
give information and explanations to policy makers and
citizens about the results expected or obtained and about
the way public resources are used.

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