The first European Leader+ seminar entitled "Quality of life in rural areas: experiences and cooperation" will take place on 25 October in Brussels in the presence of European Commissioner Franz Fischler. The seminar is designed to assist rural actors to reflect on the potential of the quality of life in their local regions and is organised by the Leader+ Observatory. New ways of improving living conditions for individuals and families in rural areas are at stake. The theme "Quality of life" was selected by 250 out of the 892 different LAGs (Local Action Groups). The seminar will present innovative projects and good practice on related topics such as transport, culture, social inclusion, community life as well as local basic services, living environment. Leader+ is one of four initiatives financed by EU structural funds and encourages the implementation of integrated, high-quality and original strategies for sustainable development. There is a strong focus on partnership and networks of exchange of experience. Follow-up seminars on other Community strategic themes for Leader+ (e.g. new know-how and new technologies) are expected to take place in local regions across various Member States.