Third European Seminar on Community-Led Local Development

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In the 2014-2020 Cohesion Policy programming period, the Member States and regions are requested to address their specific territorial challenges and needs through targeted investments using an integrated approach to territorial development. Among the new delivery tools to support the implementation of this approach, there is Community-led Local Development (CLLD), which was introduced in the context of Cohesion Policy (Common Provisions Regulation Art. 32-35) extending the already existing LEADER approach in rural development and fisheries policy to urban territories. For this sake, the regulation made possible the integrated use of four European Structural and Investment Funds (ERDF, ESF, EARDF, EMFF) to implement targeted investments in the framework of CLLDs.

The four European Commission Directorates-Generals (DG Regional and Urban Policy, DG Employment and Social Affairs, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) responsible for the implementation of the mentioned Funds are closely following the progress in the set-up and implementation of the CLLD tool. In this sense, they established a series of annual Seminars, where Local Action Groups and other relevant actors of the CLLD approach (European Commission services and EU institutions, managing authorities, national and regional authorities, CLLD networks, NGOs etc.) meet and exchange ideas and experiences on CLLD.

The third European Seminar on CLLD was organised on the 8-10th November 2017, Győr, Hungary. This year the event had a motto as 'Capitalising on CLLD experiences – Building resilient local communities', focusing on capitalising and learning from experiences of applying CLLD in rural, urban and coastal areas. The participants also discussed how to use European programmes and funds better in supporting local capacity building and bottom-up local initiatives. The Seminar brought together more than 150 CLLD actors from local, regional, national and EU level and provided an opportunity for peer-learning, active involvement in discussions and exchanges between participants.

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Territorial cohesion