Leader Cooperation Awards


Cooperation projects help all parts of rural Europe to grow together.

Leader cooperation is supported by Rural Development Programmes using the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

Cooperation between rural areas is an important tool for the development of these areas. Leader cooperation encourages and supports local action groups to undertake joint actions with other Local Action Groups, or with a Local Action Group taking a similar approach. Read more about Leader transnational cooperation HERE


The Nordic-Baltic Regions Rural Network Support Units - Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden
initiated the Nordic-Baltic Leader Cooperation Award.


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 Awards Gala Event was held in Tallinn on 26th September 2013 and the five awards for Leader transnational cooperation projects was presented.

The finalists of the five categories:

The finalists of Youth category:

The finalists of Tourism category:

The finalists of Culture category:

The finalists of Local Area Development category:

The finalists of Local Resources and Environment category:

More detailed information about applicants and finalists are available in database.

The aim of the competition is to:

General information is available HERE

Criteria for participating Leader transnational cooperation project in the competition - the Leader transnational cooperation project must involve at least one Nordic-Baltic Local Action Group as a partner and the projects have not to be totally completed. The Leader transnational cooperation project must be included in the list of Leader transnational cooperation projects that have been notified to the European Commission. This list can be viewed on the ENRD Leader Gateway website .

Award categories are youth, tourism, culture, local area development, and local resources and environment.

However if you have any further questions please contact organisers via e-mai: LeaderTNC @ maainfo.ee
the Estonian Rural Network Unit or the contact person in the Rural Network Support Unit for your country.
Contacts of all Nordic-Baltic Rural Networks are available HERE



Date of nomination: (24) 2014-05-17
Nomination country: Estonia
Title: Loving Local values
Nominees: Finalist
Category: Local Area Development
Countries: Estonia, Finland
Leading partner: Estonia - LAG Arenduskoda
Documents: http://maainfo.ee/public/files/24%20application%20form%20-%20Loving%20local%20food.doc
Photos link: http://maainfo.ee/index.php?b=363&page=3538&action=pic_list&
Summary: The project like its name „Loving local values“ focused on valuing local products and food in the district of Development Centre (LAG Arenduskoda) and Kymenlaakso county in Finland, where it involved the municipalities - Kouvola, Hamina, Kotka, Miehikkälä, Pyhtöö, Lovisa, Virolahti and Iti.
Related to the goals and activities the focus of the project was to enhance cooperation between people who are active in the field of local food, rural tourism and handicraft to help them design their products and services, add extra value and arrange better marketing. The main focus was on food products!
We have mapped the food producers in both regions (in Estonia and Finland), started common discussions between them and planned follow-up projects.
The other important focus of the project was rising awareness about local and healthy food. Local food consuming is directly connected with the awareness of consumers. Through the open food days in regions everybody could participate for example in food cooking contests an also in the topic-related seminars.

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Viimati muudetud: 21.05.2013