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European Commission Leader+ Steering Committee Meeting 12 March 2008, Brussels / Belgium Capitalisation of cooperation experience László Simon Hungary Rural trends in Hungary Missing communities in rural areas High expectations towards governmental bodies Lack of local innovation

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European Commission

Leader+ Steering Committee Meeting12 March 2008, Brussels / Belgium

Capitalisation of cooperation experience

László Simon


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Rural trends in Hungary

  • Missing communities in rural areas

  • High expectations towards governmental bodies

  • Lack of local innovation

  • Projects without wide social basis

  • Lack of decentralized decision-making

  • Missing local, regional and national development networks

  • The idea of cooperation is not popular

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LEADER+ in Hungary

  • 186 applicant LAGs: 2332 villages, 3.5 mn people

  • 70 selected LAGs

    • 960 settlements

    • 1.6 million inhabitants

    • EUR 25 million total funding

    • 2,600 selectedlocal projects

    • Implementationuntil 2008

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Cooperation: Tasks

  • Introduction, enhancement

  • Events

  • Partner search

  • Best practice

  • Consultancy

  • Study tours

  • Project development

  • Preparation of bilateral cooperation agreements

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Introduction of international experience on national conferences

  • Presentations, lectures and consultancy

  • Conferences and seminars

    • LEADER Centre events

    • Other events

  • International conferencesin Hungary and abroad

  • 46 foreign lecturers (international rural development experts) in all national LEADER seminars and conferences

  • Signing a Memorandum by the Commissioner and the Minister

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Joint Initiatives for the conferencesHungarian Countryside

  • To start discussion between rural actors

  • Seek and create LEADER-based cooperation opportunities, elaborate cooperation ideas and projects (rural areas in Hungary and abroad)

  • Share national and international LEADER and other rural development experience, examples and good practices

  • Projects ideas: rural tourism, local products, renewable energies, equal opportunities

  • Thematic discussions: human resource conditions, communication, young people in rural development

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Tisza project conferences

  • The river Tisza is a source of values and identity as well

  • Cooperating Local Action Groups along the river

  • Tourism development in unutilised areas

  • Building new harbours, introducing cultural values

  • Infrastructure development, education and marketing

  • Regional cooperation

  • Complex packages

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Oxenweg conferences

  • A traditional grey-cattle transportation route through Hungary, Austria and Germany

  • International partnership, preservation of cultural and gastronomic values and traditions

  • Establishing hiking routes along the traditional route for normal tourists or with horses, bicycle and car

  • Tourism packages

  • Regional values

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Hungarian Rural conferencesTourism Days

  • Supported by the Ministry, organized by the LEADER Centre

  • Aiming at promoting cooperation of micro-regional actors (local civil organizations, entrepreneurs, municipalities) to make use of rural tourism opportunities

  • 52 LAGs, 340 settlements, ca. 900 service-providers and ca. 1,400 services offered with a discount of 30 to 100%

  • Media campaign: national, regional, local publications

  • Website with all information: www.hazajaro.hu

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Experience sharing conferences

  • Poland

    • Representatives of Managing Authority, Paying Agency, LAGs

    • Visit to Hungary: National institutions, LAGs

  • Study tours

    • Güssing, the bio town: Renewable energies

    • Scotland: Young participants, youth projects

    • Wales: The operation of LEADER in practice

    • Brussels: Parliament and European institutions

  • Visitors from many EU and non-EU countries

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Bilateral relations: conferencesRomania

  • 1st Hungarian-Romanian LEADER Conference (Nagyvárad)

  • Visit of 45 young Romanians in Hungary (to collect new experience)

  • LEADER road show in Romania: 11 locations, about 400 participants

  • Mentoring Programme

    • Networking

    • Get more experience

    • Targeted programmes and events

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Bilateral relations: conferencesCroatia

  • Croatian-French-Hungarian cooperation to establish a pilot LAG in the island of Brac

  • On-the-spot analysis, plenary session, teamwork

  • To learn about the area and involve local actors

  • Detailed introductory study, strategic planning

  • Experiencing a NMS

  • Croatian study tour in Hungary

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Balkan Tour: conferencesSkopje, Bosnian group

  • Skopje: LEADER seminar for Balkan countries

    • Preparation for LEADER, networking

  • Bosnian group: A 10-day study tour

    • To visit LAGs and business development centres to learn about Hungarian LEADER experience, role in national rural development strategy, three LAGs, municipal programmes, business development, agriculture and tourism development

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Cooperation in the future conferences

  • Green Paper

    • Based on the experience of the Hungarian NNU

    • Wide social discussion on the future of LEADER

    • Covering the whole country with LAGs and LEADER-like communities

    • LAGs prepare strategy and select projects for Axes 3 and 4

    • EUR 8 to 10 million per LAG

  • Cooperation

    • Separate budget, National Rural Network to support international cooperation

    • Strategy writing February - June 2008

    • Starting LEADER and opening cooperation opportunities: August 2008

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LEADER Centre: conferencesWork in figures

Events in Hungary once in every 5 days

International events 16

Newsletter 14

Magazine 60

On-the-spot consultancy for LAGs 4

International partner search 5

Working on the spot in the country 2

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European Commission conferences

Thank you for your kind attentionContact details:László Simon, Director of Central Development Programme Office, National Development [email protected]án Már, Responsible for LEADER cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural [email protected]