Member States files

Here is a map showing Leader+ in the European Union. By clicking on the flag of an individual Member State you will be able to access a variety of information. A country data sheet provides a summary of Leader+ at the national level, including: the date that the programme was launched; the principal institutions involved; the themes chosen; financing; Leader+ impact to date and relevant national contacts.

There is also a map showing details about the individual LAGs within a given region. You can also at this moment obtain more details about a given LAG by using the link to the LAG database. Also provided for each Member State are details of the national programmes, and their implementation.

The Leader+ Community initiative is not applied in the ten new Member States. Instead there is the possibility to introduce a Leader+ type measure, which is funded under EAGGF guidance for the period 2004-2006, and which forms part of the Structural Funds programming.

The opportunity is only available for Objective 1 regions; consequently the whole territory of Cyprus is excluded. There are six new Member States (Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland) which have opted for implementing a Leader+ type measure where, with the exception of networking, all the Leader method principles are included. Some of these Member States established a national network on their own initiative.

Outside of Leader funding, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia have rural development community based programmes available which partially respect the Leader principles. Cyprus offers some ‘acquisition of skills’ activities for rural stakeholders in view of the preparation for the future programming period. In Malta no such scheme is available.

Under the Leader+ type measure, support may be granted mainly for two kinds of activities: acquisition of skills aiming at the preparation of rural communities to conceive and implement local rural development strategies; and the implementation of integrated territorial rural development strategies, of a pilot nature, which are prepared by local action groups (LAGs).

The LAGs may be eligible to participate in inter-territorial and transnational cooperation actions and are given access to the European Observatory of Rural Areas. They draw up local development strategies which are focused on one or more of the priority themes laid down by the EU Commission.