Transnational and inter-territorial cooperation have become increasingly important for rural stakeholders. Substantial experience gathered during previous generations of LEADER demonstrate that cooperation is an effective mechanism for helping rural areas to jointly develop and share new solutions to common issues.
LEADER cooperation involves networking but on a different, more dynamic level. It encourages and supports Local Action Groups (LAGs) to undertake a joint action with another LEADER group, or with a group taking a similar approach, in another region or Member State, with an urban or fisheries area or even with a rural group in a third country. The general objective of LEADER cooperation is to help local actors to improve the potential of their areas.
Find reports, guidance and information on LAGs, as well as cooperation offers in the following sections.[i]
Identifying TNC opportunities: self-assessment questions for LAGs
Organising and prioritising cooperation ideas
Terms of reference and selection criteria for external experts
Checklist: considerations for the first meeting with project partner(s)
How to present your territory to potential partners?
Possible legal structures for cooperation
‘Roadmap’ for TNC project
Examples of templates and relevant TNC practice
The following factsheets overview rules and procedures on LEADER/CLLD Cooperation in national and regional Rural Development Programmes (RDPs).
The factsheets will be continuously uploaded as they become available.
Browse through the new CLLD Partner Search tool where you will find cooperation offers received by the ENRD Contact Point. Each offer includes details of the proposed project and the partner making the offer.
LAGs interested in undertaking a joint action are encouraged to fill in a cooperation offer template and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get in touch with Local Action Groups (LAGs) from across Europe via our database.
[i] For information on LEADER and LAGs in the 2007-2013 programming period, visit the archived ENRD website.