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About Elard

The European LEADER Association for Rural Development (ELARD) is an international non-profit making association that was established in 1999 by the National LEADER Networks of different EU Member States.

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LEADER Approach

The importance of the LEADER method in the context of a local development strategy has been recognised all over Europe, and there are plenty examples under LEADER approach that show how local development strategies can be developed with LEADER funding and how they may continue to have a positive impact into the next programming period.

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ELARD Positions

ELARD is convinced that the LEADER methodology is an ideal tool for supporting the Europe 2020 Strategy aims in terms of “smart”, “sustainable” and “inclusive” growth. Thousands of Local Action Groups have demonstrated that applying the specific features of the LEADER methodology can help to find both innovative and environmentally and socially sustainable solutions for rural development and help mobilising the unique human, social, economic and cultural potential of rural Europe. Read more

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to the European LEADER association for Rural Development web site

With over 56 % of the population in the 28 Member States of the European Union (EU) living in rural areas, which cover 91 % of the territory, rural development is a vitally important policy area. Farming and forestry remain crucial for land use and the management of natural resources in the EU's rural areas, and as a platform for economic diversification in rural communities. The strengthening of EU rural development policy is, therefore, an overall EU priority. (Fact Sheet - THE EU RURAL DEVELOPMENT POLICY 2007-2013, European Commission.)

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News

ELARD's NEW OFFICE

26 Jan 2015: ELARD's NEW OFFICE

From now on you can find our new office in Science Atrium: Rue de la Science 14b, Brussels 1040, phone number +32 (0) 2 880 3749

Juncker plan may bring unintended consequences for regional policy

23 Jan 2015: Juncker plan may bring unintended consequences for regional policy

In order to encourage financial contributions from the EU member states to the Juncker investment plan, the European Commission has agreed to discount any contributions from their calculations of national deficits. But the regions fear that this leniency will lead to a diversion of EU structural funds.
Attempts to tarnish LEADER companies will not succeed

19 Jan 2015: Attempts to tarnish LEADER companies will not succeed

The representative body of LEADER companies in Ireland, the Irish Local Development Network (ILDN), has criticised attempts to undermine the work of LEADER companies by suggesting mismanagement in the administration of their funding...