Innovation is a cross-cutting priority of the EU’s Rural Development policy and its connection with LEADER/CLLD is reinforced by the requirement for Local Action Groups (LAGs) to take it into consideration when planning their Local Development Strategies (LDS). While EU regulations firmly place innovative aspects in the context of local development, relevant European Commission Guidance provides details on how to implement this in practice.
The ENRD Contact Point runs a LEADER Innovation Practitioner-led Working Group (PWG) intended to examine implementation issues and propose practical and widely applicable solutions to overcome these. The group brings together a variety of stakeholders from 20 EU Member States, including LAGs, Managing Authorities and National Rural Networks, to discuss innovation at both the local and delivery levels through online exchanges and face-to-face meetings.
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European Commission Guidance
Practical examples of LEADER innovation
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