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Development of Trans-National Cooperation projects - Adrian Neal

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Presented at the Irish National Rural Network conference on the 1st of December 2009

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Development of Trans-National Cooperation projects - Adrian Neal

  1. 1. Adrian NealAdrian Neal Contact Point of the European Network for Rural DevelopmentContact Point of the European Network for Rural Development Irish NRN Meeting, 1Irish NRN Meeting, 1stst December 2009, Dublin, IrelandDecember 2009, Dublin, Ireland
  2. 2. 1. EAFRD- European framework for cooperation 2. What is cooperation? 3. Why cooperate? 4. What is a good cooperation project? 5. Cooperation and networking 6. EN RD CP and its tools to support Cooperation 2
  3. 3. 3 Axis 1 Axis 2 Axis 3 Axis 4
  4. 4.  Funded under Axis 4 (Leader) of the EAFRD through national or regional rural development programmes from 2007-13 > Part of implementation of local development strategies by local action groups (LAGs)  Transnational cooperation is promoted by the European Commission, but not mandatory > All rural development programmes have foreseen a budget for cooperation within the Leader-axis  Was also part of Leader II and Leader+ initiatives 4
  5. 5. TOTAL (expected) NUMBER OF LAGs  LAGs already selected: 2,003  Expected LAGs to be selected: 2,432 LAGs selection process: state of play  18 / 27 Member States have completed selection process  7 Member States will close the selection process by end 2009  RO and BG will complete the selection process by end 2010 & 2011, respectively 5
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  8. 8.  €265 million = 4.8% of the EAFRD budget for Axis 4 (Leader), Inter-territorial and transnational cooperation  Italy (45,7 million), Spain (33,8 million) and Germany (30,2 million) are the Member States with the highest amounts for cooperation 8
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  11. 11. 2. What is cooperation? 11
  12. 12. 1. Inter-territorial cooperation - cooperation between different rural areas within a Member State:  Requires at least one LAG selected under the Leader axis  Open to other local groups using a similar participatory approach 1. Transnational cooperation - cooperation between different rural areas from at least two Member States:  Requires at least one LAG selected under the Leader axis  Additional partners may include other local groups using similar participatory approaches  Also possible to extend cooperation to groups in third countries following a similar approach 12
  13. 13. The partner from a third country could be:  Public-private partnership  Local group active in rural development having the capacity to prepare a local development strategy  An open partnership in which wider participation of local actors is encouraged (i.e. from various socio-economic sectors, including associations) 13
  14. 14. Ireland: USA, Canada Italy: Switzerland, Azerbaijan, Lebanon, Canada, Georgia, Syria, Turkey Spain: Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala Portugal: Angola, Argentina, Brazil, Cape Verde, Morocco, Uruguay France: Morocco, Tunisia Austria, Germany, Greece: Switzerland United Kingdom: FYROM, Russia 14
  15. 15. 3. Why cooperate? A luxury or a necessity? 15
  16. 16.  Strengthening territorial strategies & local partnerships: Can help to better meet changing needs and challenges in cooperating areas  Reaching critical mass: Pooling resources and expertise, the total benefits are much greater than the sum of individual achievements  Improving competitiveness: Finding new business partners & positioning on new markets help promote local products & area of origin 16
  17. 17.  Promoting innovation through new skills & approaches: Adopting new & improved operational approaches can generate knock-on socio-economic and / or environmental benefits  Developing territorial identity and raising awareness: Helping local people discover their area and history (thereby becoming true ‘ambassadors’ of their areas) 17
  18. 18.  Following a territorial approach, thereby ensuring local relevance and added value  Having a strong and clearly defined project idea that will directly contribute to realising local development strategic objectives  Going beyond simple information exchanges, to include common actions which create tangible results  Planning properly for human resources  Building a strong partnership that will endure beyond the project life 18
  19. 19.  Taking the time to establish relations between actors  Step-by-step approach  Build on common issues/challenges  Early involvement of local decision- makers 19
  20. 20. 1 . Getting ready to start  Give local stakeholders a reason to get interested/involved in cooperation  Consider creating a local ‘cooperation think tank’ to identify cooperation ideas 2. Preparing a cooperation project  Finding trans-national partner(s)  Meeting your partner(s) and agreeing to cooperate  Preparing a trans-national cooperation application for funding  Preparing a project monitoring framework  Negotiating the financial aspects  Bringing together the required resources (knowledge and technical); and  Getting the financial, legal and administrative structures right 20
  21. 21. 3. Implementing the project Ensure:  Cooperation partnership organised (action plan accepted)  Partnership formalised (validated/shared common goals)  Cooperation partnership animated (guide and move project forward) 4. Evaluation and valorisation  Monitoring (agree and use target indicators) and evaluation  Dissemination of results of the cooperation project (so that others can benefit from the experiences) 21
  22. 22. Effective networking can help in:  Finding suitable partners  Preventing groups from needing to reinvent the wheel  Distributing ideas, innovations and information  Making issues and challenges transparent and building connections 22 5. Cooperation & Networking
  23. 23. Article 67 of Regulation 1698/2005 establishes a European Network for Rural Development  To collect, analyse & disseminate information on RD measures/programs  To consolidate good rural development practice  To provide information on developments in rural areas  To support rural expert networks (notably for evaluation);  To support national rural networks  To support trans-national co-operation initiatives 23
  24. 24. Coordination Committee & Leader Sub-Committee Thematic Working Groups Rural stakeholders including LAGS National Rural Networks Managing Authorities DG Agriculture
  25. 25. 27 Results revealed differences in MS’s in: • Timing of decision-making, administrative approaches and solutions. • Format and detail of project applications • Financial support provided for the preparation of TNC projects • Level of technical support provided for the preparation of TNC projects Developing an integrated European Guide to Cooperation – recent survey:
  26. 26. Currently only examples from previous programming period: • Leader+ database of transnational cooperation projects • Leader+ database of Best Practice • Publications of the Leader+ Observatory (Magazine and ‘Best practice’ publications: http://ec.europa.eu/leaderplus • Copies of the publications can be ordered for free via AGRI-LEADERPLUS-PUBLICATIONS@ec.europa.eu 28
  27. 27.  ENRD: http://enrd.ec.europa.eu  DG AGRI – Rural Development: http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/rurdev/index_en.htm  Summaries of legislation – Rural Development: http://europa.eu/scadplus/leg/en/lvb/l60032.htm  European Evaluation Network for Rural Development: http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/rurdev/eval/network/whatwedo _en.htm 29

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