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.

If you have any questions, suggestions or content to share, please contact us at leader@eucapnetwork.eu.


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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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LEADER LAG Directory

Connect with LEADER Local Action Groups across Europe from the 2023-2027 programming period.

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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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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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Latest LEADER news

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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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26 Jun 2024

LINC – Passing the flag!

LINC is a bottom-up led, self-starting and self-organised activity centred around LEADER. The 2024 edition took place in Romania, and the EU CAP Network was part of the programme.

Upcoming LEADER events