Facilitating bottom-up CLLD in practice

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Wed 14, October 2020
14:30 - 16:00 CET
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A key factor enabling local stakeholders to tap into the full potential of CLLD is avoiding complexity and administrative burden while remaining flexible to address unforeseen crisis situations. This session will help MAs design more streamlined CLLD delivery post-2020 by sharing tools and relevant practices. It will be introduced and facilitated by experts from DG AGRI and FARNET Support Unit on behalf of DG MARE, using material and information prepared by DGs responsible for CLLD funding and the Guide on "Delivering CLLD effectively". Participants will ask questions and exchange experience on specific delivery challenges (speeding up project selection and approval, using SCOs and umbrella projects, integrating different EU Funds...).

Draft agenda:

14.30 - 14.45: introducing CLLD delivery challenges
14.45 - 15.10: sharing practices: examples from MS
15.10 - 15.50: addressing concerns: Q&A and/or "clinics"
15.50 - 16.00: conclusions.

Links to support material on designing CLLD delivery:

- FARNET Guide for MAs on "Delivering CLLD effectively"

- presentation on the proposals for the functioning of Lead Fund

Urszula Budzich-Tabor, Senior Local Development Expert, FARNET Support Unit, Belgium.
Karolina Jasińska-Muehleck, Policy Officer - Horizontal Coordination, DG AGRI, Conception and Consistency of Rural Development, Belgium.
Christian Stampfer, Head of Unit, Amt der Tiroler Landesregierung, Abteilung Landesentwicklung, EU-Regionalpolitik, Austria.
Participatory Lab - world café, ideas labs
Cohesion and Cooperation
European Commission - DG AGRI, Fisheries Areas Network - FARNET
English (EN)

Session summary

The workshop focused on improving CLLD delivery in different EU funds. Efficient delivery systems, avoiding complexity and administrative burden, are key to enable local stakeholders to use the full potential of CLLD while remaining flexible to address crisis situations. Participants exchanged experience of implementing CLLD and EU and programme level.

Urszula Budzich-Tabor described a "well-functioning" versus "dysfunctional" delivery system and delivery tools developed by FARNET for CLLD managing authorities. Karolina Jasińska-Mühleck presented LEADER experience from several period and the Commission's proposals for multi-funded CLLD in 2021-2027. Christian Stampfer explained how the different CLLD funds are used in Tyrol. Participants from Poland and Finland shared their experience of CLLD implementation in the discussion.

The event was attended by ca. 45 participants: managing authorities, intermediate bodies, experts, practitioners and EC representatives. According to an on-line poll, most MS present intend to implement CLLD in the next period.

Take away message

There are already many CLLD delivery tools and solutions across the EU that seem to be working well, they only need to be adapted to the specific national or regional context; Managing Authorities are encouraged to use them. A lot of useful material is available at the websites of European networks, such as ENRD and FARNET.


Christian Stampfer: "LAGs can play a role of a 'one-stop shop' for different types of beneficiaries, thus creating synergies between different funding streams and avoiding duplication of tasks. The region of Tyrol is planning a further integration of CLLD funding in the next period, including in cross-border areas".

Karolina Jasińska-Mühleck: "Delivery systems must be consistent with LEADER/CLLD principles and enable the achievement of its objectives. MAs should give a strong mandate to local action groups, which play a key role in building local capacity and animating projects."

Urszula Budzich-Tabor: "CLLD is particularly appropriate to reach small-scale project promoters with low capacity, and delivery rules must be designed to meet their needs. National networks can play a key role in improving delivery and building trust between different actors".

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