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LEADER Gateway

From pilot initiative to methodology

LEADER has a long history and has evolved over a period 20 years. LEADER was first introduced as a pilot initiative in 1991 and has grown to become a mainstream methodological approach to European rural development in the current programming period (2007-2013). You can find more information about LEADER II, LEADER + and the current LEADER programme below:

EU official documents

DG AGRI Guide for Application of the LEADER Axis of the Rural Development Programmes 2007-2013 funded by the EAFRD

Reports on the LEADER implementation under current programing period.


Information and documentation on the LEADER+ Community initiative (2000-2006).


Information and documentation on the LEADER II Community initiative (1994-1999).

LEADER related evaluation

  • Final Evaluation of interventions in the forestry sector in Cumbria funded through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) via the Cumbria Fells and Dales and the Solway, Border and Eden Leader Groups [PDF ].
  • Bolsover North East Derbyshire LEADER, Programme Evaluation, 2014 [PDF ]