The workshop focused on the different ways in which Local Action Groups (LAGs) and other actors can strengthen and improve LEADER’s contribution to rural innovation at local, regional, national and EU levels by extending its scope, raising ambitions and reinforcing links with other rural innovation activities.
In particular, the event:
- Allowed participants to explore how LAGs’ Local Development Strategies can be reinvigorated by improving their approach to innovation and how delivery systems can support this;
- Considered how to strengthen complementarities between LEADER innovation and other strands of EU innovation policy such as EIP Operational Groups and Regional Research and Innovation Strategies;
- Developed a set of practical actions and recommendations through which LEADER innovation activities can be improved to better address local needs.
- Introduction and purpose of the workshop, John Grieve, ENRD CP
- Innovation and LEADER: setting the scene, Bill Slee, The James Hutton Institute
- Smart LEADER - the path from experience to methodological proposal, Maria Angeles Muriel Gonzales & Joaquin Lopez Munoz, LAG Tagus, Spain
- Nature of Innovation, Andreas Kupfer, LAG Traunviertler Alpenvorland, Austria
- What has been achieved through LEADER innovation, Nynne Larsby Friis, LAG Midt-Nordvestsjaelland, Denmark
- Connecting the different worlds of rural innovation, Inge Van Oost, DG AGRI