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

Local action group

What is the purpose of creating a local action group (LAG)?

LAG seeks to identify and implement local development strategy by deciding on the allocation of financial resources and management. LAG aimed at sustainable development in a particular locality through:

  • Pooling and mobilizing the available human and financial resources from public, private and civil sectors;
  • Joining local stakeholders around common projects and multi-sectoral activities to achieve synergy, “ownership” in terms of implementing the approach and mobilize the critical mass necessary to improve the economic competitiveness of the region;
  • Developing and strengthening dialogue and cooperation among various stakeholders by reducing potential conflicts and facilitate the process of decision making through consultation (exchange of views and positions) and discussions between stakeholders;

Who are the actors in the LAG?

The involvement of local stakeholders means the local population as a whole, specific groups with economic and social interests and representative public institutions. Members can be:

  • residents and their local groups and organizations;
  • professional groups and organizations (eg, representing farmers, professionals, not farmers or small businesses);
  • providers of cultural and community services, including the media;
  • groups and organizations of young people and others.

LAG should associate public and private sector to be well balanced and representative local various stakeholders in the region. Level decision-making, representatives of private and public interests (other than representatives of state and municipal institutions) should comprise at least 50% of the local partnership.

What features are responsible for local action groups?

Local Action Groups are delegated responsibility to take much of the responsibilities (eg tasks, project selection, payment, monitoring, control and evaluation) in terms of individual actions.

They are expected to:

  • have autonomy in making decisions and capabilities unencumbered respect to local resources;
  • together various stakeholders in the area around common projects;
  • link the different measures;
  • be able to determine the possibilities offered by different types of local resources;
  • be open to new ideas;
  • be able to link and integrate separate sectors;