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The Potential of Lags' Post 2013. Maura Walsh IRD Duhallow, Ireland 13 th May, 2010. Key dates in the development of the Rural Development Policy. 1988: Reform of Structural Funds & “The Future of Rural Society” 1991: Launch of LEADER l Initiative:

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the potential of lags post 2013

The Potential of Lags' Post 2013

Maura Walsh

IRD Duhallow, Ireland

13th May, 2010

key dates in the development of the rural development policy
Key dates in the development of the Rural Development Policy
  • 1988: Reform of Structural Funds & “The Future of Rural Society”
  • 1991: Launch of LEADER l Initiative:
    • First experience of the approach in 217 areas
    • Pilot a success & EC includes in CAP Reform
    • LAG structure established
  • 1994: LEADER ll, extended to 1,000 rural areas
    • All of Ireland covered with 36 LAGs
    • Innovation – getting LAGs to try new things
  • 1996: Cork Declaration “A Living Countryside” established the rights of rural populations
key dates in the development of rural development policy
Key dates in the development of Rural Development Policy
  • 2001: Launch of LEADER+
    • A themed approach to development
  • 2001: Gothenburg Declaration
    • Sustainable Development
    • Lisbon – Economic Competitiveness
  • 2004:Commission proposal on rural development policy 2007-2013
    • 7% of budget recommended 4% accepted
  • 2007: LEADER becomes part of mainstream CAP policy
ird duhallow
IRD Duhallow

simply as a LEADER Administration


A Local Rural Development Agency operating across a

wide range of Programmes and Initiatives to meet the needs of the community and region.

Decision taken in 1992 – and developed since then

high elderly population is it a liability or asset
High Elderly Population is it a Liability or Asset
  • Rural Transport Service

59,154 passengers last year- Employs 5;contracts 60 drivers

  • Rural Meal Service

22,097 delivered last year

Employs 17

  • Energy Conservation

Insulated 400 homes – 10 jobs

  • Care & Repair

10 volunteers – 111 repairs

  • Friendly Phone Call

New initiative employs 2 part-time

background elard
Background ELARD
  • International non-profit organisation, founded in 1999 by five National LEADER Networks

- French LEADER Network; Greek LEADER Network; Irish LEADER Network; Italian LEADER Network; Spanish LEADER Network;

  • ELARD now represents 800 Local Action Groups throughout; France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, North Ireland, United Kingdom, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Lativa, Hungary;
elard promotes the leader approach
ELARD Promotes The LEADER Approach

The most important goal of ELARD “campaign to spread the philosophy, principles and scope of the LEADER method grounded in its seven specific features in order to achieve sustainable rural development across Europe”


“Over 56% of the population in the 27 member states of EU living in rural areas which cover 91% of the territory”

  • LEADER method recognised all over Europe
  • LEADER = local people as the main asset of rural areas
  • Success of LEADER projects; responsibility placed on local people from local areas & their ability to discover the best for their environment, culture, working traditions & skills
networking transnational
Networking & Transnational
  • As a means of fast tracking learning
  • As a means of mutual support
  • To identify good/best practice
  • To identify further innovations
  • To share as well as to learn
  • To achieve economies of scale
  • To access new programmes
  • To develop the best response for your area
what s happening at ec level en rd thematic working groups
What's happening at EC LevelEN RD Thematic Working Groups
  • Commission has established 4 EN RD TWGs
  • Focus on specific Rural Development Programme Thematic Priorities
  • In-depth analysis of EU Rural Development Policy Implementation
  • Contribute to the understanding, diffusion & improvement of policy implementation
thematic working groups
Thematic Working groups
  • TWG 1; Targeting rural specificities & needs
  • TWG 2; Linkages between agriculture & the wider rural economy
  • TWG 3; Public goods & public intervention
  • TWG 4; Delivery mechanisms of EU Rural Development Policy
  • ELARD has representation on all four groups
what of the future
What of the Future….
  • CAP Reform -negotiations are extremely important and ongoing at present
  • LAG’s & Networks should develop a response to Commissioner Jean-Luc Demarty’s call for submissions
  • LEADER & LAG type structures to feature post 2013
  • Budgets should be increased - counter lobby from farmers in run up to 2013
  • Rural areas being re-defined
    • Which towns are not “Rural”
what of the future1
What of the future…..

Vision expressed by José Manuel Sousa Uva DG Agri:- a LAG operating in a defined territory will examine assets & weaknesses of that area & devise an integrated strategy

It will draw not just from LEADER but perhaps from LIFE Prog for Environment DG Regio, DG Social Affairs, DG Fisheries & also Member State initiatives to implement that strategy

what of the future2
What of the Future…..
  • Integration & Complimentarity will be a major part of 2014-2020 strategies
  • Delivery mechanisms - LAG with majority of members from civil society
  • All Rural areas should have LAGs
  • Gender Equality Theme of the Caceres Declaration 2010 (Spain)
  • Without Women & Young people Rural Europe has no future
what lags need to do to prepare for post 2013
What LAGs Need To Do To prepare for post 2013
  • Do the best job possible on the current programme – Everyone likes a success
  • Have it evaluated independently
  • Develop your LAG Structures, Processes & Procedures – Board, Sub-committees & Staff
  • Look at your area strategically from all aspects – Social, Cultural, Economic & Environmental
  • Gender Equality & Youth Should feature
what lags need to do to prepare for post 20131
What LAGs need to do to prepare for post 2013
  • Start collecting data on your area well before 2014 – if its not available centrally collect it yourself !!
  • Use “asset based approach”
  • Identify the many funding streams & the possible collaboration between them at LAG level.
  • Work on the basis of co-operation rather than demarcation
  • Stay in touch with the Networks