Estonian LEADER 2014-2020 has officially started!


Since April 1, 2016 the Estonian LAGs have all necessary authorization and budget for the period 2014-2020 to implement their strategies:

- to develop the region

- to select individual LEADER projects

- to start LEADER transnational co-operation projects.

All Estonian LAGs and their local development strategies were selected in one phase.

26 local action groups will continue to operate in Estonia. Indeed there are some minor changes of municipal boundaries in some LAGs. Estonian LEADER will use only EAFRD funding, Fisheries LAGs will be operating separately.

The budget of LEADER in Estonian Rural Development Plan 2014-2020 is 90 mln euros, 10% of RDP budget is allocated for LEADER measure.

Cooperation projects and international cooperation projects can start in as soon as it is governed by a single regulation, and each LAG can decide for themselves when to start the project.

Estonian Rural Development Plan 2007-2013 LEADER measure implemented 7,186 projects, and used LEADER budget of 85,759,063 euros, of which only 0.9% remained unused.

Link to Estoninan LAG-s database:

Best regards,

Ave Bremse

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