European Database of Leader+ Good Practices

(The database is currently available in: da de el en es fi fr it nl pt sv)

Welcome to the European database of Leader+ good practices, the common tool for disseminating selected examples on the implementation of the Leader+ initiative within the European Union. The tool is limited to the 15 pre-enlargement Member States.

The good practice examples are activities supported by Leader+ Local Action Groups.

The collection of good practice examples on a European level is one of the tasks of the Leader+ Observatory. It is intended to show the achievements of Leader+ in rural areas to a large public, but is also aimed at all rural development actors who are interested to know about how Leader+ is being implemented.

Firstly, the Leader+ Observatory selected a team of experts and came up with a strategy and procedure for the exercise in a working group of national network representatives. With the support of the experts, the good practice examples were collected and selected on a national level by both the Leader+ National Network Units and the Managing Authorities. Once the examples were selected, the experts recast them into a common European template.

A "good practice", in the sense used here, can include not only single projects but also other types of "pilot actions", namely a special strategic focus or a series of projects considered as a whole. Consequently, this database also contains examples from the "LAG level".

The criteria for identifying good practice were closely linked to the seven Leader+ characteristics which are valid for all Leader+ programmes in Europe: area-based approach; bottom-up approach; partnership and the Local Action Group structure; innovation; integrated approach; networking and cooperation between areas; and local financing and management. Additionally, two "new" European criteria were added: Transferability and sustainability. These were found to be important features for Leader+ good practice by the Observatory.

In order to achieve a "fair result", an approach was taken which would respect the thematic diversity, type of project and geographical balance, in addition to the content-related criteria linked to the Leader approach. For each Member State the Leader+ Observatory therefore set a total number of between two and five examples which would contain at least a few cooperation actions/projects as well as be distributed between the four Leader+ themes.

This database is a continuously growing source of information. New examples of good practice also contributing to the diversity of Leader+ will soon be added following the same procedure.

Each datasheet contains three sections: “Basic information”, which gives some useful facts and figures about both the action itself and the LAGs involved, such as the allocated budget, duration or the contact details. The “Description” section includes a brief history of the pilot action as well as other information, including its main activities and outputs or problems encountered. Finally, a “Why” section details the reasons why a given pilot action has been considered a good one in terms of, for example, transferability, sustainability, bottom-up approach or innovation.

The information is available in English and displayed in a datasheet format. All datasheets can also be displayed and downloaded in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can access these datasheets from the search engine by using the selection criteria provided.

New examples of good practice will be added as and when they become available. It is also planned to link this tool to the Local Action Group database.

From these good practice examples, some of them have also been chosen to be included in a Leader+ Observatory publication.