LINC is the European Leader Conference which combines European exchange of experience with sport events and European culinary so that the participants can network.The Tartu Rural Development Association is organizing the “LINC ESTONIA 2012” Conference in cooperation with the Rural Economy Research Centre (Estonian NRN) and South Estonian Local action groups Borderlands Leader, Põlva County Partnerships Board, Valga County Partnerships Board and Võrumaa Partnership Assembly.
Leaderis a European Union programme that fosters life in rural areas with initiatives from local people and in accordance with the area’s development strategy.
LINC is an annual European Leader Conference arranged by LAGs (Local Action Groups) and National Network Units for rural development in Austria, Germany, Estonia and Finland. The first conference was held in Austria 2010, and the second one took place in Germany 2011. In 2012 the conference is being held in Estonia, in 2013 it will be held in Finland and in 2014 it will return to Austria. Nearly three hundred developers of rural areas and rural life from all European Union Member States have taken part in every conference.
The aim of the conference is to present the results of the Leader approach achieved by innovative methods; to foster the networking of rural developers, the exchange of experiences among the representatives of European Leader areas, and international cooperation; and to draw attention to the importance of local cuisine, tourism and other issues crucial to rural areas.
“LINC” stands for: LEADER - Inspired - Network - Community
The slogan of the conference is:
Get informed – distribution of appropriate information
Get inspired – mutual learning from each others’ valuable experience
Get involved – learn about each others’ versatility
Free time to prepare for the sports programme and to change into sports clothes
Buses leave from Vanemuine Theatre lower parking lot for Mammaste, Põlva County
14.00 - 15.00
Lunch in Mammaste
Registration for sports programme
Time for changing and showering – changing facilities available
15.00 - 19.00
ENRD Contact Point opens info stend, information by Judit Török
15.00 - 19.00
LINC 2012 sports competitions
Orienteering “Looking for the fern blossom”
Disc-golf “Warding off the evil eye“
Pentathlon “Who are the best man and woman in the village”
Boating competition “Let the best village win!” – on Põlva lake, 2km from Mammaste. Participants are transported by bus.
Kiiking – extreme swinging, a voluntary activity for the boldest & bravest
Supervised by Riho Järveläinen
19.00 - 20.00
Participants return to Tartu by bus
13 June 2012
LINC 2012"European Buffet" Gunpowder Cellar (Püssirohukelder) in Tartus
European Buffet at the Gunpowder Cellar (Püssirohukelder) restaurant and pub.
Every country to introduce the special cuisine of their region.
Every country will have a table on which local dishes will be displayed. The Master of Ceremonies will help to introduce the dishes and will conduct a short interview with representative from every country.
Participating countries: Austria, Germany, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Italy, Ireland, Estonia
LINC 2012 "Euroopa Buffet" hosted by - Anti Einpaul and assisted by Anneli Viitkin, Võrumaa Partnership Assembly
Music by VEM
End of the party
14 June 2012
LINC 2012 “Involvement and Voluntary Work” Practical Workshops
Buses leave from Vanemuine Theatre lower parking lot for Practical Workshops in the form of voluntary work in four South Estonian regions:
The Onion Route - Russian Old Believers’ Culture, Baltic German culture, Estonian peasant culture. Community work at the Liivi Museum in Alatskivi
Valgamaa - Taagepera Handicraft Workshop. Community work at the Taagepera Handicraft Workshop, with residents from the substitute home and nursing home of the Taheva sanatorium. Otepää: Tehvandi ski-jump tower and skiing museum, energy pillar at Pühajärve
Setomaa - Uue-Võhvi Centre, built with the support of Leader. Community work at the Seto Farm Museum, and an introduction to Seto culture. Visit to the Värska skate park
Võrumaa - A visit to the birthplace of the legendary August Teppo at Loosu. Sightseeing in Tsolgo village. Community work at the Tsolgo community centre. An introduction to local culture and folk dance. Musical entertainment from the local village band, Omad poisid (“Our own lads“)
Arrival in Tartu
14 June 2012
Festive Closing Ceremony of the LINC conference at AHHAA Science Centre
Feedback from the Theoretical Workshops Moderator of the evening Anti Einpaluwill present the conclusions of the workshops
Award ceremony - the winners of the sports competitions
Orienteering - female winners:
I place - Ingrit Kala, EE Borderlands Leader
II place - Saima Värton, EE Põlva County Partnerships Board
III place - Piret Leskova, EE Mulgimaa Development
Handing over the prizes by Andrus Seeme, Chairman of the board of LAG Põlva County Partnerships Board
Orienteering - male winners:
I place - Raul Kudre, EE Borderlands Leader
II place - Kunnar Vahi, EE Valga County Partnerships Board
III place - Kristaps Soms, LV Jūrkante
Handing over the prizes by Tiina Ivask, LAG Manager of LAG Valga County Partnerships Board
Disc Golf - female winners:
I place - Kairi Kell, EE Tartu Rural Development Associationt
II place - Merle Anton, EE Tartu Rural Development Associationt
III place - Kaja Rahkema, FI Iisalmi City
Handing over the prizes by Veiko Maastik, Chairman of the board of LAG Borderlands Leader
Disc Golf - male winners:
I place - Andrus Seeme, EE Põlva County Partnerships Board
II place - Lennart Liba, EE Põlva County Partnerships Board
III place - Stefan Niedermoser, AT LAG Regionalentwicklung Pillerseetal-Leogang
Handing over the prizes by Anneli Viitkin, LAG manager of LAG Võrumaa Partnership Assembly
Pentathlon - female winners:
I place - Mercedes Merimaa, EE Pärnu Bay Partnership
II place - Ingrit Kala, EE Borderlands Leader
III place - Barbara Loferer-Lainer, AT Regionalmanagement Hohe Salve Tirol
Handing over the prizes by Marko Avikson, Main organizer of sports events, LAG Põlva County Partnerships Board
Pentathlon - male winners:
I place - Kaido Kõiv, EE Põlva County Partnerships Board
II place - Rainer Tatic, AT LAG Nordburgenland Plus
III place - Kolja Zimmermann, DE LAG Chiemgauer Alpen
Handing over the prizes by Tiiu Rüütle, LAG manager of LAG Põlva County Partnerships Board
The best boating team of LINC sports competition: Aive Tamm, Ene Saar, Koit Kelder, Kristaps Soms (LV), Lennart Sünt-Mengel, Mercedes Merimaa, Mihkel Pukk, Piret Leskova, Raili Mengel-Sünt
Handing over the prizes by Kristiina Liimand, LAG manager of Tartu Rural Development Associationt
The Best Teams
I place - EE Põlva County Partnerships Board
II place - EE Borderlands Leader
III place - EE Valga County Partnerships Board
Handing over the prizes by Krista Kõiv, Head of the Department of Rural and Fisheries Network, Estonian Rural Network Unit
Kristiina Liimand, Tartu Rural Development Association
Ave Bremse, Estonian Rural Network Unit
Introduction of the host country of the next LINC Conference – Finland
Juha-Matti Markkola, Finnish Rural Network Unit
Wilma Harmoinen, LAG Ylä-Savon Veturi
Music by Gipsy Jazz Collective
The main theme of LINC is “Involvement and voluntary work”.
Involvement is one of the keys of Leader approach. It is related to creating an environment, in which people are prepared to act, assume responsibility and commit. Involvement is becoming increasingly important in times where the surrounding living environment is undergoing constant changes, where solving the existing problems requires the involvement of various parties and where creative and future-shaping solutions are sought. Involvement should be based on the presumption that every organisation, community, team and person has the wisdom necessary for the creation of common well-being. Every local action group can create a favourable environment for the expansion of involvement possibilities.
One common method for involving people is through voluntary activities – an area that has been revived in Estonia, as evidenced by the joint waste removal event Let’s Do It 2008 (Teeme Ära 2008) and the joint community work days held in recent years. For a good common cause, people are willing to volunteer their best efforts to create a better living environment.
Because of that one important part in Estonian LINC Conference beside theoretical workshops will be also practical workshops. Estonian rural communities have done a lot of voluntary work to build up their community houses, nature paths, village centres, children playgrounds, preserve heritage and culture objects. We offer to our guests not only a possibility to look at the Estonian rural life, but also to help to do something practical and real.