1st International conference on practical and theoretical implications of LEADER/CLLD approach in South-East Europe
November 20 – 22, 2019.
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Wed, 20 Nov - Fri, 22 Nov, 2019
Dear Participants of the Conference,
We are delighted to invite you to participate in the 1st International conference on practical and theoretical implications of LEADER/CLLD approach implementation in the New(er) Member States of the European Union.
SEE LEADER aims to recognize the uniqueness of the community-led local development approach for integrated territorial development in South-East Europe, demonstrating the results of past years of implementation and proactively looking at its future.
SEE LEADER objectives are to provide scholars and practitioners overview and contribution to the implementation of LEADER/CLLD in South Eastern Europe, so as to:
Further foster, strengthen and catalyse awareness of local development stakeholders, local action groups, experts and decision-makers (managing and implementing bodies).
Demonstrate that the development of LEADER/CLLD should be based on local communities innovation and resources. Emphasize the need to embed it in the contributions and recommendations stemming from academic research and hands on experience of LEADER communities.
Contribute to a creation of a common framework for LEADER/CLLD implementation for the next programming period by taking into account: historical context of LEADER and the countries it is being implemented in, benefit to the local communities in the examples of good practices and European Commission's guidelines for the post-2020 period.
SEE LEADER networking fair where local action groups and scientists will show results of their work presents space for informal discussions, inspirations and sharing of knowledge and experiences. It is an interdisciplinary platform for the exchange of knowledge and skills between practitioners and scholars, focusuing on sustainable integrated development of local communities. The interactive and reflexive approach between theory and practice will provide participants with an insight into the diversity of LEADER both as a practice and a theory.
The long history of LEADER, one in which South East Europe didn’t participate, but whose rules and norms they have adopted or are in the process of adopting, has marked it as an opportunity. Opportunity to bring new dynamics in its disadvantaged territories. The fact that is one of the obligatory measures for member states same as for pre-accession countries proves its importance.
South-East European countries with young democracies and emerging civil society have demonstrated to be also the places of innovation and reframing of LEADER in line with the historical legacies of their territory.Their innovation being embedded in the specific conditions that have formed the creation of its civil society and its further evolution into the State aparatus, and among the local stakeholders.
This conference, in the year in which the eastern Member States celebrate 15 years from the accession to the EU and when progress is expected in the negotiation between the Western Balkan Countries and the European Union on EU accession, represents an opportunity to take another look on LEADER.
In the eve of the new financial framework of the EU that announces shift in the Common Agriculture and Maritime/Fishery Policies towards a more climate resilient production and more environmental friendly communities it is important that we share innovative ideas, results of research and experiences. That we work together, practitioners and scholars, on creating synergies and fostering broad participation from all members of the society so as to deliver truly sustainable, participative and integrated local development.
It is our great pleasure to welcome you in Opatija, Croatia.
President of the LEADER Network Croatia
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1st International conference on practical and theoretical implications of LEADER approach in South-East Europe