Own Positions


Updated version: Renewing LEADER/CLLD for 2021-2027 programming period (2019)
Due to the current negotiation processes within the European institutions and the elections for the European Parliament, ELARD updated its positions regarding the next programming period of LEADER/CLLD, approved by the ELARD General Assembly in Brussels on 10th April 2019.

Renewing LEADER/CLLD for 2021-2027 programming period (2017)
In this position paper, approved by the ELARD General Assembly on 23rd November 2017, ELARD presents its main messages for the next programming period.

The Tartu Declaration (2016) (Available also in Croatian, Estonian, German, French, Latvian, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Spanish)
During the ELARD conference 2016 and with the contributions of several LAG networks ELARD developed this declaration directed at the European institutions.

Supported Positions

Positions from ELARD's Member Networks

Position paper "Europe needs LEADER" (2018)
In this paper the German national LEADER association BAG LAG summarizes its main messages regarding LEADER for the next programming period.
European Committee of the Regions 
The CoR's contribution to the renewed Territorial Agenda, with special emphasis on community-led local development (2019)
In this document the CoR outlines policy recommendations for regional development with the aim to increase the influence of regions and local authorities in Europe.
The opinion is also available in the following languages: [BG] [CS] [DA] [DE] [EL] [ES] [ET] [FI] [FR] [HR] [HU] [IT] [LT] [LV] [MT] [NL] [PL] [PT] [RO] [SK] [SL] [SV]
European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)  

Advantages of the CLLD approach (2017) (different languages available)
The EESC assessed the potential of CLLD to contribute to the aims of the EU and formulated proposals for the next programming period.

European Commission

The Future of Food and Farming (2017)
The European Commission analysed the current situation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which includes the LEADER programme. The proposal aims to match more closely citizens’ needs and European challenges.

Cork 2.0 Declaration (2016) and Cork 2.0 Action Plan (2017)
The participants of the European Conference on Rural Development in Cork, Ireland formulated these orientations for a rural policy in the EU.

This is the final document of a Seminar organised by DG AGRI and the ENRD in Båstad, Sweden. More material about the seminar can be found here.

European Rural Parliament


European Rural Manifesto (2017)
This is the statement of the aspirations, commitments and demands of the European Rural Parliament campaigns from 2015 to 2017.

The Venhorst Declaration (2017)
The participants of the 3rd European Rural Parliament formulated this declaration as advice on how to assure the well-being of all rural communities throughout the wider Europe and as contribution to the discussion about the next programming period in the EU.

Our message to the European Institutions, Governments and Rural Citizens of Europe (2017) - long version
- short Version
This Message is the outcome of widespread consultation among rural communities throughout Europe and debate at the 3rd European Rural Parliament held in 2017 about the future policies in the EU.

European Countryside Movement


A significant step closer towards a European Rural Agenda (2018)
The European Countryside Movement welcomes the adoption, by the European Parliament, of the "Rural European Agenda" - a resolution in favour of rural territories, which focused on their challenges and concluded as to the necessity to adopt a strategic and an operational framework.