LEADER Innovation

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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.

This page collects information and resources on innovation in the context of LEADER/CLLD.

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EU Regulations

European Commission Guidance

Practical examples of LEADER innovation

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  • ENRD workshop on LEADER innovation (30 November 2017): explored the causes for both ‘risk averse’ and ‘opportunity seeking’ attitudes towards local innovation and sought to identify the factors which would contribute to enhancing LEADER innovation. See also: policy note summarising relevant Regulations and Guidance.
  • ENRD workshop on improving LEADER implementation through practitioner-led work (1 June 2017): explored Transnational Cooperation (TNC) and LEADER innovation and the use of the practitioner-led approach as a networking and capacity-building tool. See also: workshop highlights.
  • ENRD Seminar on ‘Revitalising Rural Areas through Business Innovation’ (30 March 2017): explored how rural businesses – both farm and non-farm – can innovate in ways that “create the conditions for future prosperity and vitality” as articulated in the Cork 2.0 Declaration. See also factsheets on:


Disclaimer: the information and documents presented here do not reflect the official position of the European Commission.