EU CAP Network Conference ‘Operational Groups: Innovation in practice’

Watch the best moments from the Operational Groups conference, including testimonials from participants, as well as snapshots from the field visits, panel discussions and interactive workshops. The event brought together over 500 participants from across the EU in Estoril, Portugal from 6 to 8 May 2024.

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03 Jul 2024

New guidelines to effectively assess the impact of CAP income support interventions on farm income 

A Thematic Working Group that involved CAP academic experts for ten months has developed a mix of methods and indicators to support Member States in the assessment of CAP income support.

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27 Jun 2024

Contribute to EU CAP Network activities on innovation, knowledge exchange and EIP-AGRI as a coordinating expert

The EU CAP Network Support Facility for Innovation & Knowledge exchange | EIP-AGRI (EIP-AGRI Support Facility) is looking for coordinating experts for EU CAP Network Focus Groups and a number of workshops and seminars.

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26 Jun 2024

LEADER creates jobs in Poland from healthy convenience food

Local Action Group support for a Polish businesswoman has helped her to create new jobs by expanding her company’s supply of healthy convenience food that promotes better nutrition.

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26 Jun 2024

LEADER shows young people how they can develop rural Europe

Over 200 LEADER enthusiasts gathered in Finland to discuss ways to increase the power of young people in LEADER design and implementation, planting seeds for an international youth LEADER community.

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Event Reports |

Report Fifth Meeting of the Subgroup on Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (SoIKE)

The fifth meeting of the Subgroup on Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (SoIKE) was held in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday 5 March 2024. In the report, you will find a summary of the presentations.

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Guidelines and tools |

Assessing the added value of LEADER

These guidelines provide insights into the operationalization of LEADER added value and offer non-binding evaluation framework to assess LEADER added value, manifested through improved social capital, enhanced governance, and increased impacts and results of strategy implementation.

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Guidelines and tools |

Assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of CAP income support instruments

The guidelines on how to assess CAP income support instruments offer a comprehensive evaluation framework, including judgment criteria and technical guidance for quantitative analyses.

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CAP Implementation contact point

CAP Implementation

As an integral part of the EU CAP Network, the CAP Implementation Contact Point supports and coordinates networking activities relating to the design and implementation of the CAP’s strategic plans.

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Innovation & knowledge exchange | EIP-AGRI

'Innovation & knowledge exchange | EIP-AGRI’'s role is to facilitate communication and cooperation between those with a keen interest in sharing knowledge and innovative ideas for sustainable agriculture, forestry and rural areas.

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The European Evaluation Helpdesk for the CAP provides tailored support to EU Member States and the European Commission in their evaluations of agriculture and rural development policy.

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LEADER is a local development method which has been used for 30 years to engage local actors in the design and delivery of strategies, decision-making and resource allocation for the development of their rural areas.

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National networks

National CAP networks have a key role in steering and driving forward policy as well as promoting stakeholder engagement, knowledge sharing and capacity building for EU Member States and other actors.

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LAG Directory

The EU CAP Network LAG Directory brings together in one place the contact details for the new LEADER Local Action Groups (LAGs) created in the 2023-2027 programming period.

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Country data

Discover rural development in the European Union.

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