The Leader+ Monitoring Indicators Database (MIDB)

(The database is currently available in: en )

Welcome to the Leader+ Monitoring Indicators Database. This tool has been developed by the Leader+ Observatory Contact Point on the basis of data submitted by the National/Regional Managing authorities to the Directorate General for AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT (hereinafter referred to as DG AGRI). The indicators were extracted from the European CAP-IDIM database and transmitted to the Contact Point by the DG AGRI.

The MIDB is structured on three different levels: programme, national and European. Each level is displayed in a separate tab. Useful information can also be consulted and downloaded from the tab “Methodology”.

At this stage, 2003 and 2004 indicators are complete for all 73 Leader+ programmes. 2005 indicators are only available on a limited basis.

Please observe that the response time of some summary reports including aggregated data at EU level might be slower. This is caused by the high number of indicators used in the calculations.

1) Programme level: it displays the 2003, 2004 and 2005 (where already available) monitoring indicators using the common table’s structure laid down in part II of the Commission’s working Document “Common Indicators for monitoring Leader+ programming 2000-2006” that the Member States are asked to submit with the annual progress report. These tables can be downloaded in MS Excel format.

2) National and European levels: These reports include summaries of aggregated data by Member State and a selection of consolidated information at EU level. Each table can be downloaded in MS Excel format. It is organised into three main groups of indicators:

a) LAGs overview: It illustrates some characteristics of the LAGs in connection with the profile of the programme area where they are located.

b) Financial monitoring at action level: It gives an overview of the realised expenditure compared to what was initially programmed. Information is available for each separate action and for all consolidated, and in all cases with yearly comparison for 2003, 2004, and for 2005 where already available.

c) Project implementation: Here there is aggregated information about the number of projects or final recipients of payments, among other physical indicators, for actions 1 and 2. These indicators can be displayed by programme or by field of intervention, and in both cases with a yearly comparison for 2003, 2004 and for 2005 where already available. At EU level, only the top five fields of intervention in terms of realised expenditure and projects started are shown.

With the agreement of the Leader+ Observatory (DG AGRI/F3), during the second half of year 2006 the Contact Point, in close cooperation with the Country Desk Officers at DG AGRI, screened the indicators of the 73 Leader+ programmes already submitted by the Member States for the reporting years, 2003 and 2004.

During this exercise some recurrent inaccuracies were identified. Where new data was available or otherwise corrections were possible, these inaccuracies were corrected. In many cases, the concerned national/regional authorities provided additional information thus allowing for corrections to be made, which were then validated by DG AGRI. Elsewhere, indicators were left as the original values transmitted by the Member States.

As a result of the above, the degree of data reliability could not be regarded as being consistent for the 73 programme indicators and/or the different reporting years. Therefore, for each programme (national or regional) and reporting year the degree of data reliability was defined as follows:

HIGH: No inaccuracies were found or, if so, corrections could be made on the basis of additional information sent by the Member States. Data was then validated by the DG AGRI.
MEDIUM: Inaccuracies were found and corrections were possible even in the absence of additional information.
LOW: Inaccuracies were found but corrections were not possible without new data. Additional information was not available.

At programme level, information about data reliability is provided accordingly through a status bar. At national and European level, the report summaries include a highlight in orange where data from programmes considered as having a low degree of reliability is used in the calculations. These indications are given for information purposes only and should not be considered as an official statement.