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Welcome to the section of the EU CAP Network website dedicated to LEADER/CLLD, the most successful policy tool for community-led local development (CLLD) in the EU!

We’ve designed this space to make it easier for you to find relevant information about LEADER/CLLD. Click on the links and icons below to learn about the policy framework for the LEADER programme (including a bit of history), the EU CAP Network’s activities in support of LEADER (networking, knowledge gathering and sharing), and to find news and events about LEADER.

You can also learn about inspiring LEADER projects across the EU and read more in our publications. The buttons below take you to the global overview of LEADER-related resources, which you can further refine using the filters on each page.

This space is being continuously updated with the latest information, initiatives and policy developments. We invite you to visit this page regularly to learn more.

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LEADER Explained

Discover about the origins of the LEADER approach and its key characteristics.

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LEADER Legislation

Find all the EU legislation applicable to LEADER/CLLD gathered in one place.

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Access a range of tools that help LEADER stakeholders to get to know each other, exchange, collaborate and evaluate their LEADER performance.

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LEADER Resources

Find other relevant information on LEADER

Good Practice database

Get inspired by projects and initiatives that use the LEADER approach to make rural areas and communities more sustainable, connected, and resilient.

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Projects brochures, articles and other EU CAP Network publications about LEADER.

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LEADER Newsletter

Sign up for a quarterly round-up of the main LEADER-related activities facilitated by the EU CAP Network and its national partners, as well as inspiring LEADER stories from the field.

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Latest LEADER news

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25 Mar 2024

Thematic Group expertise informs CSP implementation

Thematic Groups at the EU CAP Network have been supporting CSP Monitoring Committees, eco-schemes and green architecture, as well as agricultural skills and mental health in farming communities.

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25 Mar 2024

Valuable knowhow appreciated about the durability of investments

Interesting enabling factors supporting the durability of benefits from CAP Strategic Plan funding are featured in a Highlights Report from the EU CAP Network expert workshop analysing investment durability.

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25 Mar 2024

#ARIAwards24: Empowering young people

This year’s Agricultural and Rural Inspiration Awards (ARIA) is live and seeking inspiring CAP-funded projects supporting food security, environmental resilience and the socio-economic fabric of rural areas.

Upcoming LEADER events