Program for Rural Development 2014-2020. LEADER+, Local Action Group Slivnitsa - Dragoman

The term “Leader”

The main idea of the Leader approach is based on the understanding that due to the diversity of rural areas in Europe, development strategies are more effective and efficient if planned and implemented at local level involving local stakeholders, coupled with clear and transparent procedures, supported by relevant public administrations and technical assistance necessary for dissemination of best practices.

The difference between the Leader and other more traditional measures for rural development lies in the fact that the “Leader” indicate “how” to act, not what ‘needs to be done.

What the Leader approach to rural development?

Policy for Rural Development is part of the common agricultural policy, which aims at sustainable development in rural areas of Europe in economic, social and environmental aspects.

What does the abbreviation LEADER?

LEADER stands for “Links between actions for the economic development of rural areas” (“Liaison entre actions de d? Veloppement de l ‘? Conomie rurale”), ie this is a specific approach to support rural development in local rural communities.

How does the Leader approach?

Leader encourages rural areas to seek new ways to become or remain competitive, to maximize their resources and overcome challenges such as aging, low quality of service or lack of employment opportunities. Thus Leader contributes to improving the quality of life in rural areas for their existing communities.

The Leader approach is described by the 7 key characteristics:

  • Approach based on a specific area;
  • Bottom-up;
  • Public-Private Partnership: Local Action Groups (LAG);
  • Facilitating innovation;
  • Integrated and multi-sectoral activities;
  • Working in networks at regional, national and European level;
  • Cooperation;

Each feature complements and interacts with others throughout the whole implementation process.