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Portugal implements the Leader+ initiative through a single programme for the whole country. The National Leader+ Programme was approved by the EU Commission in January 2001 and modified by an EC Commission decision dated 23 November 2003. While the LAGs were selected by a national committee, projects themselves are chosen by the LAGs.

PRINCIPAL INSTITUTIONS INVOLVED

  • Institute of Rural Development and Hydraulics (Instituto de Desenvolvimento Rural e Hidràulica – IDRHa) is responsible for the administrative and financial management of the programme. It chairs the managing authority which is composed of representatives of IDRHa, Planning and Agroalimentary Cabinet (Gabinete de Planeamento e Política Agro-Alimentar – GPAA), Regional Agriculture Directorates as well as the Governments of the autonomous regions of Azores and Madeira.
  • The programme monitoring is ensured by a national committee chaired by a Programme Manager.
  • The Leader+ Portuguese network is established within the Institute of Rural Development and Hydraulics (Instituto de Desenvolvimento Rural e Hidràulica – IDRHa) - Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. It started its activities in January 2003.