LEADER is the EU’s participatory and bottom-up approach to involve rural people in community led local development through local strategies, local projects, and decision-making processes.

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LEADER support for rural skills

LEADER support for rural skills

Rural skills play fundamental roles in sustaining communities. LEADER Local Action Groups (LAGs) recognise the value of investing in skills. There are many good practice examples around the Member States.

Multi-funded CLLD event in October

Multi-funded CLLD event in October

As part of the European CAP Network, the CAP Implementation Contact Point is organising a 'Workshop on LEADER and multi-funded CLLD' in Slovenia on 18-19 October 2023.

A Dutch community hall

Reinforcing the resilience of a Dutch Community Hall 

A LEADER project has modernised a community hall, helping it become a valuable local social asset that brings people together and also serving practical purposes such as hosting events and offering essential services.

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Latest publications

LEADER and territorial development Subgroup: 1st meeting
Governance Reports |

Report - 1st meeting of the LEADER and territorial development Subgroup

The 1st meeting of the LEADER and territorial development Subgroup took place in Brussels on 25 April 2023.

A woman stands in the middle of a group of people during a workshop
Reports |

Making the seven LEADER principles work

Outputs from the LEADER Thematic Group.

LEADER's potential
Policy Insights |

Policy Insight: LEADER's potential from a policy perspective

The EU’s LEADER methodology is world famous for leaving no one behind in a variety of rural policy fields. LEADER’s flexibility continues to make it an ideal tool for helping Local Action Groups (LAGs) deliver valuable local contributions to high-level objectives of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in the coming years.