LEADER Regions 2014-2020
- 5 Local Action Groups (LAG)
- 104 private sector organisations
- 63 municipalities
- 11 other public partners
- 151.556 inhabitants
- 1,739.37 km2
The LINC conference will take place in the “LEADER Éislek” region that is situated in the north of Luxembourg, in the heart of the Ardennes. Standing out by virtue of its natural beauty, with forested slopes, narrow rocky valleys, green plateaus and home to Luxembourg’s largest barrier lake. A perfect holiday and getaway destination for hikers and nature lovers! The conference is nevertheless co-organized with all the LEADER-regions in Luxembourg.
With the 2014-2020 programming period and with five new LAGS, LEADER is already embarking on the fifth generation of schemes. After LEADER I (1991-1993) and LEADER II (1994-1999), under which financial support was provided to one and two regions respectively, during the LEADER+ period (2000-2006) four regions were qualified for support: Redange-Wiltz, Clervaux – Vianden, Mullerthal and Luxembourgish Moselle. In addition, the Aischdall region benefited from national funding. During the previous programming period (2007-2013), a total of five regions came in for subsidies: Redange – Wiltz, Clervaux-Vianden, Mullerthal, Miselerland and Lëtzebuerg West.
Since its launch in 1991, LEADER has developed into a substantial part of the regional and national policy for rural development in Luxembourg, which made it possible for some 440 innovative projects to be implemented since. A lot of people living in the country’s rural regions were involved in LEADER projects, enabling them to generate added value from these projects.
What does LEADER achieve?
- Supports people and the economy
- Creates jobs
- Enriches culture and society
- Stimulates individual potential
- Encourages people to actively work together
- Binds and connects those who get involved
- Enables the realization of innovative ideas
- Promotes the exchange of know-how and experiences
- Builds contacts between people across Europe
- Mobilizes the rural areas of Europe
During the current programming period 2014-2020, LEADER will act as community-led local development and continue to remain a component of the national rural development programme (RDP). LEADER’s main objective is to promote the regional development in rural areas. The involvement of the local population in observance of the bottom-up approach, the empowerment of local resources, the exploration of new ways as well as the idea of networking remain key LEADER features. Furthermore, transnational cooperation projects in particular are to be given greater support.
Grant Application Processing of LEADER Projects
The first contact point for the implementation of projects are the regional LEADER offices of the LAGS. Here, the local stakeholders with similar ideas for projects are put in touch, given assistance, advice and coaching. At regional level, the LAG steering committee, in which all partners are represented by one delegate, decides on the projects to be awarded funding. Formal approval of any given LEADER project is subsequently given by the Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Consumer Protection.