The Awards Gala Event was held
The Nordic-Baltic Regions Rural Network Support Units -
The LEADER Transnational Cooperation Awards collected 60 applications from participating countries.The finalists of the five categories were chosen out of 60 nominees in Roskilde, Denmark on the 6th June 2013. The evaluation committee included the representatives of Estonia, Lithuanian, Latvia, Swedish, Finnish and Danish rural networks. The final selection of the winners of Nordic-Baltic Leader transnational cooperation projects was in Helsinki on 27th August on 2013.
The WINNERS of the five categories:
The finalists of Youth category:
|Wind for Youth 12 is a large scale youth and culture project between two partners, Ino ry from LAG Aktiivinen’s area (Finland) and Jung St Marien –band form LAG LinzLands area – from Austria.
The project makes possible the educational exchange on European music education, exchange of orchestras,cultural studies, international education for youngsters and developing of cultural tourism on music-thematics. One of the main thematics is to keep youngsters together and maintain the orchestras function up to be the adult composed orchestras as nowadays in rural areas the youngsters tend to move away and all the orchestra work will be lost in the area. Read more about the project HERE
|Leading partner: Aktiivinen Pohjois-Satakunta ry (Finland)||Partners: LAG Linz Land (Austria)|
Words from the Jury:
|The project is well-defined, concrete and compact. The target group is also well defined. It has given a new dimension for youths' hobby and possibility for high-level training. The project has kept their interest alive to continue their playing. Project is innovative.|
The finalists of Tourism category:
Partner areas all have rurality as a core issue and seek to overcome economic fragility through the promotion of the natural and cultural tourism assets in their areas via responsible tourism.
|Leading partner: LAG Karhuseutu (Finland)||Partners: LAG Abaúj Leader Egyesület (Hungary), LAG Outer Hebrides LEADER (Scotland); Outer Hebrides Tourism Industry Association (Scotland), LAG Pays Boulonnais (France), LAG Coast, Wolds, Wetlands & Waterways (England); Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (England), LAG Adirn (Portugal), Ami Ribeirão (Cap Verde), Tourism entrepreneurs of Kokemäenjokilaakso (Finland) etc.|
|Words from the Jury:||Project consists of large network with great number of different partners. Through this network partner areas have been able to learn and benchmark the experiences across Europe. Project has had strong links to local entrepreneurs and it has been good capacity building for future entrepreneurship. Also young people and women have been strongly involved in the project. The project has continuity and sustainability.|
The finalists of Culture category:
LAGs of 6 European countries are working together communicating their cultural heritage through emerging field of interest for many European people – Middle Ages. Preparing for, participating in, visiting Medieval Festivals in partner regions are the most important activities. Local heritage and history research, seminar presentations, practical exchange of experience in organising large cultural events are also important outcomes. Medieval cultural heritage as a tool for developing tourism in partner regions is investigated, as well as involvement of young people in handicraft, event management, musical, theatre and other practical self-expression opportunities – with possible source of future income as a perspective. More info HERE
|Leading partner: LAG Pärnu Bay Partnership (Estonia)||Partners: LAG Karhuseutu (Finland), LAG “Darīsim paši!” (Latvia), LAG Pays Ruthénois (France), LAG ADRITEM (Portugal), LAG ADIRN (Portugal)|
|Words from the Jury:||The winner is a large project with several dimensions. It has built a wide network across the Europe consisting six European countries. At local level many partners are involved and also old traditions are nicely combined to the content. The theme is trendy and attracts tourists and even young people.|
The finalists of Local Area Development category:
The transnational project aimed at business development through establishing business contacts between Polish and Swedish rural firms. Business contacts consist in reciprocal visits and study tours, organizing and participating at fairs in both countries that enable testing products and services. The testing groups from both countries visit each other for inspiration and business development, combining taking part in local fairs with testing local food and tourist offers like fishing. Evaluation of joint events is an im portant part of the project. The firms receive feedback needed to meet the expectations from potential business partners and visitors from the other country. More info HERE
|Leading partner: LAG Leader Blekinge (Sweden)||Partners: Brama Mazurskiej Krain (Poland), Warmiński Zakątek (Poland)|
|Words from the Jury:||The winning project has had direct impact to local economy. It is concrete and compact. Jury appreciates that business development is in the chore of the project and benchmarking is wisely used as a tool. Even new firms have been established during the project.|
The finalists of Local Resources and Environment category:
The main objective of the project is to strengthen links between schools and local food producers. The aim of the project is to study the implementation options of short supply chain from producers and processors "from farm to pot", exchange experiences and to learn from each other. The second objective is to teach children practical examples, farm work, food preparation, etc. The project activities are divided into two groups:
|Leading partner: LAG Pays Vallée du Loir (France)||Partners: Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership (England), Central Warwickshire Villages LAG (England), LAG Hiidlaste Koostöökogu (Estonia), West Estonian Islands LAG (Estonia)|
|Words from the Jury:||The topics of the project are very "up-to-date" in rural development at the moment: local food, young people and short supply chains. In the project there has been developed good and practical exchange between schools and farms. Children have learnt the value of locally produced healthy food. At the same time it has encouraged farmers in their work.|
The WINNERS of the PEOPLE's CHOICE AWARD
|The general objective of the project was to develop a network of partners and entrepreneurs of handicraft makers; to change know-how of handicraft culture between regions; to change know-how of ideas, making and selling handicrafts; to spread handicraft culture to public. The project aims at giving the local handicraft makers possibility to find contacts that will last long after the project is finished. Each project partner had its own project. The joint transnational actions in the Handicraft project were incorporated in each partner’s project plan. The main action in each project was to gather a group of local handicraft makers, who will also be main beneficiaries of the project. The activities of the project were executed mainly by the handicraft makers’ groups, who prepared their production for exhibitions and selling markets, participated in handicraft workshops and handicraft conference, created a fashion show of combined traditional and modern costumes. More info HERE|
|Leading partner: LAG Karhuseutu (Finland)||Partners: Jõgevamaa Koostöökoda (Estonia), LAG Darišim paši! (Latvia)|
Special prize of Estonian National Rural Unit
|The TNC project “Youth for Youth” is targeted to young people, ages 18-30 years old, from Baltic countries, who coming from rural areas or villages and most of them studying in the city. During the project will be organized three creative camps for young people in Latvia (Cesis), Lithuania (Ukmerge), Estonia (Põlvamaa) and final event (conference) in Lithuania. The main project idea is to encourage rural youth occupation and active expression capabilities and to show the rural cultural, economical and nature values of rural life. The length of the camp is a week and the number of participants in one camp is about 60. Read more about the project HERE|
|Leading partner: Ukmerge Region LAG (Lithuania)||Partners: LAG Põlva County Partnership Board (Estonia), Cesis District Rural Partnership (Latvia)|
|Words from the Jury:||The only TNC project of three Baltic States.|
|Date of nomination:||(20) 2013-05-16|
|Title:||Rising YOUTH BANDS|
|Countries:||Finland, Scotland, Italy|
|Summary:||The project is a true art exhibition showing how many dimensioned cultural themes and different actors can come together in different areas and create a continually working co-operative for the good of all.
Themes: youth music and dance, culture and cultural events, volunteerism and creating a sense of community, encouragement of youth culture, tradition and building with wood and stone Everything is interconnected by art and information exchange through local cultural events. All themes join together to form a cultural event open to a wide audience where youngsters present their cultural performances and the adults act as volunteers and a willing audience.