LEADER+ is a European Union initiative designed to improve the quality of life of the population of the countryside and to attract young people into the rural economy, by implementing a set of actions which will meet both the national and community priorities for the 3rd programming period (employment, equality, environmental protection, etc.).
The programme is co-financed by the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund – Guidance Section (EAGGF-G) and the Public Investment Programme of the Ministry of Rural Development and Food (Total Cost: 368,693,321 Public Expenditure: 255,778,400 Community Contribution: 186,129,877 National Contribution: 69,648,523 Own Contribution: 112,914,921).
The objective of the initiative is to develop the competitiveness of rural regions by making better use of natural, human and financial resources and by discovering new sources of income while also protecting the natural and cultural heritage.
Within the framework of LEADER+ the people of the countryside:
- Become actively involved in, and make their own decisions on, the development endeavours being made in their own region,
- Make small-scale investments and create, at the same time, a highly productive economic fabric,
- Take collective action through clusters, support entrepreneurial activities, and
- Realize their own vision for their regions.
For these reasons, the centres of decision-taking are not located in some central government department, far away from the problems of the countryside, but in their own region.
PRIORITY AXIS 1: INTEGRATED PILOT STRATEGIES FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT
PRIORITY AXIS 2: SUPPORT FOR COOPERATION AMONG RURAL AREAS
PRIORITY AXIS 3: CLUSTERS