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  Leader transnational cooperation
  Nordic-Baltic National Rural Networks
  People's Choice Awards VOTING





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

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 WINNERS of the five categories:

The finalists of Youth category:

  • Wind for Youth
    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:

  • Nature Tourism Project 

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.
Partner areas are able to learn from the experiences and lessons of the other regions some of whom already have experience to share. Each area hosts a nature/cultural tourism conference. Representatives from tourism businesses in their area attend. Learning about best practice in tourism, networking with other tourism businesses and experience local tourism. Delegates make suggestions to develop products based on the knowledge they bring from the partner area. More info HERE

Joint actions
• Develop a marketing website which will link to the home page for the partner areas promotional website. This will be the primary means of communication to visitors.
• Host an exchange program allowing partners to take part in a variety of nature and culture based activities in host LAG areas- By sharing their advice and experience it enables the host LAG to strengthen the experience of other visitors to their area
• Host a conference on a theme of nature based tourism- Each area will identify the theme for their conference and invite local businesses and tourism offices. Delegates will attend from each of the partner areas.
• Promote their area through attendance at Travel Fairs to network and build up a list of new contacts.
• Host a range of press visits and promote their area through other media


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:

  • Medieval Festivals 

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:

  • Cross-border Entrepreneurs Blekinge / Warmia-Mazury 

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:

  • Growing Gastrounauts

 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:
1. Activities oriented towards school children; Called "farm to fork", it includes activities during school hours or after school, it helps to better understand the whole process starting from farmers contribution till the final product is in the market by offering students to see and experience the whole process – in their own country or in some other country.
2. Activities oriented towards staff of schools and pre-schools/nurseries. Together with partners they are organizing a variety of events and thematical days, which are related to topics of local food and eating habits, such as exchange of school cooks in individual partner country, in England and in France; introducing the values of local food to children. As the result of the project, a number of movie clips will be produced to make the learning process more interesting together with the interactive cookbook, that is translated into English, French and Estonian. More info HERE

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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.


  • Handicraft
    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

  • Youth for Youth
  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.


Database of The Nordic-Baltic Leader Cooperation Award

  Date of nomination Title Nominees Category Countries Leading partner
Details(60) 2013-05-20Management fishing in the Lakes Finjasjön and Bosarpasjön. The transnational project: Developing methods of management fishery and utilization of haul FinalistLocal Recourses and EnvironmentFinland, SwedenFinland - LAG Etpähä
Details(59) 2013-05-20Local food for local development ParticipantLocal Recourses and EnvironmentFinland, Austria, Cypros, Ireland, SwedenFinland
Details(58) 2013-05-20Traditional sailing and maritime heritage FinalistLocal Recourses and EnvironmentFinland, Estonia, DenmarkFinland - LAG Karhuseutu
Details(57) 2013-05-20Old Crafts Today ParticipantCultureLithuania, LatviaLatvia
Details(56) 2013-05-20Growing Gastronauts Winner of CategoryLocal Recourses and EnvironmentFrance, United Kingdom, EstoniaFrance - LAG Pays Vallée du Loir
Details(55) 2013-05-20Ecoland LEADER ParticipantLocal Recourses and EnvironmentFinland, EstoniaFinland
Details(54) 2013-05-20Cooperation in Cultural Heritage Exploitation ParticipantCultureCzech Republic, EstoniaCzech Republic
Details(53) 2013-05-20Quaint Village ParticipantYouthFinland, LithuaniaFinland
Details(52) 2013-05-20The Planet said to me FinalistYouthFinland, Luxembourg, Estonia, FranceLuxembourg - LAG Redange-Wiltz
Details(51) 2013-05-20FENIX ParticipantYouthFinland, Sweden, EstoniaFinland
Details(50) 2013-05-20The transnational local food project ParticipantLocal Area DevelopmentFinland, United Kingdom, SwedenFinland
Details(49) 2013-05-20Villages Without Fences ParticipantLocal Area DevelopmentCzech Republic, FinlandCzech Republic
Details(48) 2013-05-20Forest Trail FinalistLocal Recourses and EnvironmentFinland, Luxembourg, Sweden, FranceFinland - LAG Aktiivinen Pohjois-Satakunta
Details(47) 2013-05-20International Theme Routes ParticipantTourismFinland, EstoniaFinland
Details(46) 2012-05-20IdeaCamp ParticipantYouthFinland, SwedenFinland
Details(45) 2013-05-20Re-creation of the Landscape / TEAM FinalistTourismPoland, BelgiumBelgium - Leader Tielt-Plateau
Details(44) 2013-05-20Bees and Biodiversity – Together to stop pollinating insects decline and protect biodiversityFinalistLocal Recourses and EnvironmentFrance, Slovakia, Germany, Belgium, Finland, United Kingdom - Wales, DenmarkFrance - LAG Pays Voironnais
Details(43) 2013-05-20Giving young people the chance to preserve regional traditionsParticipantYouthPoland, LithuaniaPoland
Details(42) 2013-05-17Woven TogetherParticipantCultureFinland, AustriaFinland
Details(41) 2013-05-17Wind for Youth Winner of CategoryYouthFinland, AustriaFinland - LAG Aktiivinen Pohjois-Satakunta
Details(40) 2013-05-17Traditions on the Market SquareFinalistCultureFinland, ItalyFinland - LAG Aktiivinen Pohjois-Satakunta
Details(39) 2012-05-17 Mustaparta archipelago and Tornio ValleyFinalistTourismFinland, SwedenFinland - LAG Outokaira tuottamhan
Details(38) 2013-05-17Innovative Village ParticipantLocal Area DevelopmentFinland, Estonia, UKFinland
Details(37) 2013-05-17Development Of Local Identity Product By Using Innovative Marketing In Rural Tourism ParticipantTourismLithuania, LatviaLithuania
Details(36) 2013-05-17International Youth Project – Learning by doing ParticipantYouthFinland, Poland, RussiaFinland
Details(35) 2013-05-17Forest Project – Network of densely-wooded region in Europe ParticipantLocal Area DevelopmentFinland, Sweden, Luxembourg, FranceFinland
Details(34) 2013-05-17Cross-border Entrepreneurs Blekinge/ Warmia-Mazury Winner of CategoryLocal Area DevelopmentSweden, PolandSweden - Leader Blekinge
Details(33) 2013-05-17Action and InteractionParticipantYouthFinland, LithuaniaFinland
Details(32) 2013-05-17Polish and Swedish Trail of Local ProductParticipantCulturePoland, SwedenPoland
Details(31) 2012-05-17 The Traditional Craft Skills ProjectParticipantCultureFinland, IrelandFinland
Details(30) 2013-05-17Rural youth – Active, Creative and Humane Youth ACHYParticipantYouthFinland, SpainFinland
Details(29) 2013-05-17Ecomuseum - from memories to futureFinalistCultureItaly, FinlandItaly - LAG Piceno
Details(28) 2013-05-17Clower power! 4H twinning people ParticipantYouthFinland, EstoniaFinland
Details(27) 2013-05-17Our Earth HourParticipantYouthFinland, FranceFrance
Details(26) 2013-05-17Connecting countryside cultures – forming Finnish-French fellowshipParticipantCultureFrance, FinlandFrance
Details(25) 2013-05-17Villages on MoveParticipantYouthFinland, EstoniaFinland
Details(24) 2014-05-17Loving Local valuesFinalistLocal Area DevelopmentEstonia, FinlandEstonia - LAG Arenduskoda
Details(23) 2013-05-17European Oral Singing Traditions – Leader project ParticipantCultureFinland, France, Estonia, United KingdomFinland
Details(22) 2013-05-16Villages Full of TreasuresFinalistLocal Area DevelopmentFinland, Lithuania, Czech RepublicFinland - LAG Karhuseutu
Details(21) 2013-05-16Mus jungia LEADER lanczy nas (LEADER unites)ParticipantYouthPoland, LithuaniaPoland
Details(20) 2013-05-16Rising YOUTH BANDSParticipantCultureFinland, Scotland, ItalyFinland
Details(19) 2013-05-16Medieval FestivalsWinner of CategoryCultureEstonia, Finland, Latvia, France, PortugalEstonia - LAG Pärnu Bay Partnership
Details(18) 2013-05-16Youth for YouthSpecial Price of ESTONIAYouthLithuania, Latvia, EstoniaLithuania - Ukmerge region LAG
Details(17) 2013-05-16Cultrural - international culture tourism project ParticipantTourismFinland, LithuaniaFinland
Details(16) 2013-05-16Finest Rural youth campsParticipantYouthEstonia, Finland, RussiaEstonia
Details(15) 2013-05-15HandicraftWinner of People's ChoiceCultureFinland, Estonia, LatviaFinland - LAG Karhuseutu
Details(14) 2013-05-15My Fell Lapland FinalistYouthItaly, Finland, FranceItaly - GAL Sulcis Iglesiente Capoterra e Campidano di Cagliari
Details(13) 2013-05-15 Finnish Sauna – Learning By Doing ParticipantCultureFinland, HungaryFinland
Details(12) 2013-05-15Leva i två världar (Living in two worlds)ParticipantCultureFinland, SwedenFinland
Details(11) 2013-05-15Konst-och kultursommar Österbotten (Art and culturesummer Ostrobothnia)ParticipantTourismSweden, Finland, GermanySweden
Details(10) 2013-05-15Slöjdkontakt och hantverksmöten (Handicrafts contacts and meetings)ParticipantCultureFinland, SwedenFinland
Details(09) 2013-05-15BandcampParticipantYouthFinland, SwedenFinland
Details(08) 2013-05-14Ung Folkmusikbro/ Folk Summer School 2010ParticipantYouthFinland, SwedenFinland
Details(07) 2013-05-14Use of Local Resources for Energy and Construction PurposesParticipantLocal Recourses and EnvironmentFinland, Estonia, GermanyFinland
Details(06) 2013-05-14A la Region - Upper Tampere & Hunsruck and Rhein Valley FinalistLocal Area DevelopmentGermany, FinlandGermany - LAG Hunsrück
Details(05) 2013-05-08Nature Tourism ProjectWinner of CategoryTourismFinland, Hungary, Scotland, England, France, Portugal, Cap VerdeFinland - LAG Karhuseutu
Details(04) 2013-05-08CULTrips. Creating a new concept for socio-cultural village trips in EuropeFinalistTourismLuxembourg, Austria, Finland, Italy, EstoniaLuxembourg - LAG Redange-Wiltz
Details(03) 2013-05-08RUCOP – Supporting rural sustainability through Co-operationParticipantLocal Recourses and EnvironmentScotland, SwedenScotland
Details(02) 2013-05-08Transnational HuntingParticipantLocal Recourses and EnvironmentSweden, EstoniaEstonia - LAG Peipsi-Alutagusi Koostöökoda
Details(01) 2013-04-23The many faces of wood – Insights into folk art and everyday creativityParticipantCultureFinland, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, ItalyFinland - LAG Karelian Hills Leader Association
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