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Lithuanian Cultural and Culinary Heritage Project ‘Panemunė Blossom’

Tool category
& type


  • Workshops, Seminars, Conferences
  • Keyword(s)

    Cooperation, Cultural heritage, Events


    The event combined an international conference for LAGs and NRNs and an international LAGs fair. The theme of the event in 2013 was the preservation of distinct ethno-cultural regional identities. The conference on the first day of the event focused on the 2014-2020 programming period and best practice examples from LEADER. The fair provided the main networking experience, as the participating LAGs presented their regions and projects.

    & RDP Region(s)


  • [LT] National Level
  • Main purpose

    During the initial implementation of the “Inter-territorial and Transnational Cooperation” measure of the Rural Development Programme for Lithuania 2007-2013, little or no cooperative activity was taking place. One of the main roles of the Lithuanian NRN has been to provide technical support for LAGs in order to assure appropriate implementation of the LEADER method. Consequently the “Panemunių blossom” fair was established to strengthen and develop international collaborative links and share best practices.This event provided the opportunity for LAGs to strengthen and expand international and regional links, to exchange experience and to develop ideas for new cooperation projects.

    Target audience

    Rural Development Stakeholders:

  • NRNs
  • LAGs

  • General Audience:

  • Rural Population
  • Date produced

    Held annually for three years, 23-26 May 2013


    Lithuanian NRN, Ministry of Agriculture

    Distribution & Promotion

    The event was promoted in regional and national newspapers, invitations were also sent encouraging LAGs in Lithuania and abroad to participate.

    Assessment of effectiveness

    No official assessment has been undertaken however several transnational projects have been successfully developed because of this event including between LAGs in Lithuania and Italy, and Lithuania and Poland.

    Name of organisation

    Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania

    Type of

    Managing Authority


    Name of contact person

    Kristina Butvilaviciene


    Rural Development Department Division of Alternative Activities
    19 Gedimino Av. 01103 Vilnius


    +370 5 239 8476