Transnational and inter-territorial cooperation have become increasingly important for rural stakeholders. Substantial experience has been gathered during LEADER II (1994-1999) and LEADER+ (2000-2006) to demonstrate that cooperation is an effective mechanism for helping rural areas to jointly develop new solutions to common issues.
Transnational cooperation is more than just networking. It encourages and supports a Local Action Group to undertake a joint action with another LEADER group, or with a group taking a similar approach, in another region, Member State, or even a third country. The general objective of TNC is to help rural actors to improve the potential of their local areas.