The LEADER programme 2007-2013: refocusing towards agriculture-oriented activities as a consequence of ‘mainstreaming’ innovative rural action in Austria
Wibke Strahl and
Thomas Dax ()
No 94622, 118th Seminar, August 25-27, 2010, Ljubljana, Slovenia from European Association of Agricultural Economists
Since the on-going funding period 2007-2013 the former European Community Initiative Leader has become a constituent part of Rural Development Policies. Above all the mainstreaming of Leader into the Rural Development Programme (RDP) as axis 4 has both significantly changed the level of funding and the way in which Leader is executed in comparison with the previous period (2000-2006). This paper discusses the impact and consequences of this mainstreaming process by the Austrian example, mainly because there are clearly concerns that the EU-wide successful Leader formula of bottom-up rural development will be replaced by a pronounced top-down approach in the new programme.
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