On June 2nd, 2021, the European Parliament RUMRA Intergroup and EU40 organised an expert (virtual!) roundtable discussion on the topics of regional funding and community development, especially focusing on the European Commission’s Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) strategy. Similar to the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EARDF)’s approach to LEADER, the virtual discussion explored bottom-up approaches in regional and structural funding.
Hosted by RUMRA Intergroup Vice-Chair and EU40 MEP Niklas Nienaß (Germany, Greens/EFA Group), questions were asked on how we can tap into the full potential of Investment and Structural Funds, while simultaneously triggering more citizen participation and locally driven funding. The stimulating debate looked into how giving the regions an additional 10% co-funding advantage could be achieved through the implementation of CLLD. The speakers also discussed the role and importance of citizen participation, especially involving the role of youth in future developments, as well as the potential of local and transnational cooperation.
The roundtable was made up of CLLD, LEADER, and Smart Village experts from the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Committee of Regions, the Slovenian government, and civil society. Speakers featured were Peter Toth, ENRD contact point; Radim Sršeň, First Chair of the CoR NAT Commission; Iwona Lisztwan, Policy Coordinator LEADER at DG AGRI; Eleftherios Stavropoulos, CLLD funding expert at DG REGIO; Alina Cunk Perklič, CLLD/LEADER and Smart Villages expert at the Ministry of Agriculture of Slovenia; Marion Eckardt, Director of ELARD; and Olaf Pommeranz, Regional Manager for LEADER & FIWIG at LAG Güstrower Landkreis / LAG Ostsee-DBR.
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