ESTONIAN RURAL NETWORK: Study-trip to Malta about tourism and small-enterprises development

Time: 15.11.2011–18.11.2011

Place: Malta


Rural Network buraeu of Rural Economy Research Centre organized a study-trip "Tourism and small-entrepreneurship development with Leader programme in rural areas".

"Notice Leader"

The study-trip was organized in cooperation with Maltese rural network unit.

The aim of the study-trip was to introduce the well-organized rural tourism and small-entrepreneurship development to Estonian Leader project writers. Maltese and Estonian climate are quite different but we still have some common issues to share information about. Estonia and Malta are both really small countries so the common issues could be: usage of local resources, more efficient usage of heritage and traditions and more profitable marketing of enterprises. Malta joined the European Union in 2004 (at the same time as Estonia). More information about Malta

The participants of the study-trip visited Maltese rural network unit and projects related to rural tourism and local food and other projects related to rural development. Also all the three Leader action groups will be visited during the study-trip: GAL XLOKK Foundation, Gozo Action Group Foundation ja Majjistral Action Group Foundation

Implementing Leader measure is quite new thing in Malta. The full implementation of Leader-measure started in Rural development plan period 2007-2013, likewise in Estonia. It is important to know that Maltese LAGs are also implementing the Leader international cooperation measure. More information about Maltese Leader and activities of Maltese Rural Network can be found on the web-site of European Network of Rural Development:


The participants of the study-trip were the representatives of the 20 nominees of competition Notice Leader: NGO Ida-Virumaa Talupidajate Liit, Ltd Nõmme Köögivili, Ltd Taali Mesila, Ltd Rehekivi, NGO Maitsev Lõuna-Eesti, Ltd Matogard, Ltd Vudila, NGO Pärnu Lahe Partnerluskogu, Foundation Vooremaa Looduskeskus, NGO Kirde-Eesti Puhkerajad, Paistu municipality, NGO Kalaküla Rohelised, NGO Skriim, NGO Unistuste Vabrik, NGO Sõmeru Start, NGO Hellad Velled, NGO Sibulatee, NGO Koostöövõrgustik Ehedad Elamused Lahemaal, NGO Pikakannu Kooli Areng, NGO Viiratsi Spordiklubi.
There were 26 participants in total, including the representatives of Ministry of Agriculture, Agricultural Registers and Information Board and Rural Economy Research Centre.


  Tuesday, 15 November 2011

22.55 arrival to Malta, accommodation


 Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Study-trips to areas of LAG Majjistral and LAG Gozo

10.00 - 12.30 Tour in ancient town Mdina
  • Visiting Olive and other vegetables-fruits growing Olive Grove Farm
  • Overview of current state of Maltese agriculture
  • Presentation about Maltese LAG Majjistral activities. Information sheet about the LAG
12.30 - 13.00 Lunch at Tal-Bennej Farmers Bar - tasting local food
14.00 - 16.00
  • Visiting Ta’ Qali handicraft village - glass fabric and handicraft workshop
17.15 Departure to Gozo island
  • Presentation of local products and brief overview about local food production
  • Presentation about Maltese Leader LAG Gozo activities. Information sheet about the LAG

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Malta maaeluvõrgustiku tutvustus ja LAG Xlokk tegevuspiirkonna külastus

10.30 - 15.30 Visiting Maltese Bird Park

Visiting Maltese rural network and Maltese natural resources and rural ministry. Draft agenda composed by Maltese rural network

  • Overview of Estonian rural network unit activities - Ave Bremse
  • Overview of Maltese rural network unit activities - Daniel Grima


15.30 - 20.00 Departure to Hal Farrug
  • Seminar in Montekristo manor - introduction of the area and activities of manor-visiting centre
    • Presentation about Maltese LAG Xlokk activities. Information sheet about the LAG
    • National evening programme about Maltese history
Friday, 18 November 2011
14.10 Flight back to Estonia

Information about the study-trip Ave Bremse, e-mail ave @


Viimati muudetud: 01.07.2014

  Jäneda, Tapa vald 73602, Lääne-Virumaa, Tel 384 9700, seminar (at)