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Newsletter 4 – September 2018


September 2018

6 Countries; 8 Local Action Groups; 2 Academic institutes; 18 participating as Students




The main purpose of TELI2 was to carry out research on the delivery of LEADER in member states and training needs of LEADER staff and Board members, to deliver a best practice-based training course of implementation to LEADER company management and staff recruited by all the LEADER-related partners.
It also sought to promote shared learning between countries that have established LEADER programmes and those that are relative newcomers to delivery. The project has used a mix of on-line learning and learning workshops for programme delivery. Learning workshops took place in Portugal, Ireland and Poland and involved 18 participants (2 from each partner).
The project and its results are disseminated through a combination of an on-line environment, a newsletter and brochure and a dissemination workshop in each partner country aimed at policy-makers and LEADER organisations. The TELI2 National Dissemination event for Ireland took place in August 2018 at the LIT campus in Thurles, organised jointly by LIT, SECAD and the National Rural Network.

As part of the project conclusion and in the interest of sharing the learning to key Stakeholders across the six participating countries, each partner undertook a Multiplier Event in their respective countries.


Date: 29th August 2018

TELI2 NATIONAL SEMINAR: Irish and EU Experience on Implementation of the LEADER Programme
The national Seminar IN Ireland attracted upwards of 50 participants from various LAGs and LEADER implementing partners.

JP Mulherin from the Department of Rural and Community Development provided the opening Remarks which looked primarily at how the current LEADER Programme is faring. He also pointed to preparations for the next programme highlighting the importance of further simplification, in particular focussing on the ENRD simplification group for Managing Authorities; and the exploratory work on simplified cost models.

Seamus Hoyne, Development Manager with LIT and overall project leader for TELI2 provided an overview of the TELI2 Project, including the overall concept, transnational partnership, key activities, critical outputs and funding support provided by Erasmus+.

Dr Shane O’Sullivan, Project Officer at LIT went on to present the results from the Training Needs Analysis (of LAGS / LDCs in Ireland; Slovenia; Croatia; Poland; Romania; and Portugal) and how this led to development of the Certificate in LEADER Programme Management.

This was followed by a practical account of the benefits of getting involved in TELI2, and SECAD’s positive experience of International Cooperation and Transnational projects given by Ryan Howard (CEO) SECAD Partnership.

It was however the Participant Experience in TELI2 which really captured the attention of the audience on the day. This experience was anecdotally portrayed by the two Irish candidates, Louis Duffy – SECAD Board member and Ross Curley – SECAD Rural Development Officer.

Louis and Ross both shared their experiences of undertaking the TELI2 accredited programme and how they might reflect the learning back into SECAD.

Both pointed to LEADER’s relative administrative burdens for beneficiaries and voluntary boards of management alike and called for stronger and clearer national Rural Development policies and plans. They observed that TELI2 was most valuable for those LAGS and regions that have less experience in LEADER but that there is opportunity and scope for Third level educational bodies to collaborate with experienced Local Development Groups going forward through programmes like TELI2.
Susan Grieves, representing the ENRD, concluded the Seminar with an input on the ‘European perspective on simplification of the LEADER process.’






Event: Workshop Temático: Transnational Education in LEADER Implementation (TELI2)

Date: 18-June-2018

Location: Évora, Alentejo, Portugal

Organization: LAG MONTE, Portugal

Co-Organization: LAG ADRIMAG, Portugal

Participants:  56 participants in total Local development companies

  • Local Authorities involved in local development Municipalities
  • Organizations which collaborate with the LAGs in the implementation of the LEADER and other Local Development programmes
  • VET and Higher Education Institutes Entrepreneurs, Consultants, local enterprises

Summary Report:

The topics discussed in this workshop were about to disseminate the TELI2 project with the presentation of its proposals and results.  The first segment of the workshop was spent welcoming all participants to the event and to give them a framework of the project.

During the next segment, the results of the survey report were presented about the implementation of the LEADER programme in Europe by LAG MONTE and project board member Nuno Costa.

Following that, Dr. João Carlos Pinho the coordinator of LAG ADRIMAG presented the current situation of the LEADER programme in Portugal and pointed out its positives and negative aspects of the implementation of the programme. The actual situation is much different than what it was meant to be.

Some participants agreed with the actual situation and as a conclusion of this interaction with participants it is needed to reformulate the LEADER approach either at a local or national level and all across Europe as well.

After the coffee-break the LAG ADRIMAG and also project board member Fátima Rodrigues presented the accredited course curriculum of the implementation of the LEADER programme and talked about the experience of the first class of this course.

Following this presentation, the students of this course indicated by LAG MONTE and LAG ADRIMAG, Ricardo Carretas, Nuno Costa, Cláudia Silva and Fátima Rodrigues shared with the participants some of their experience and talked about the topics discussed, the weeks of training, LEADER projects field visits, paperwork etc.

The workshop was then closed with thanks for the participants and with the hope of being able to participate in the future accredited courses as result of TELI 2 project.


Date:   29 – 30 of June, 2018

Multiplier Event:

The dissemination meeting about TELI2 project in the framework of XI Europa Café with the accompanying event – the VIII Broth Festival 

Location: The hotel “Nowa Bochnia” in Bochnia

Participants: 64 persons from two countries: 63 people from Poland (from 8 of 16 regions) and 1 from the Czech Republic. 

23 people representing LAGs: 22 from Poland (from 7 regions) and one from the Czech Republic – Chairman of the Czech Network of LAGs. 7 people are members of the managing boards of their organizations. 

40 people representing non-governmental organizations, including social cooperatives from Poland (from 4 regions). 22 people are members of the managing boards of their organizations. 

One person representing public entities – the Director of the Malopolska Office of the Agency for Restructuring and Modernization of Agriculture (Paying Agency).

Summary of topics:

The meeting was opened by Krzysztof Kwatera, the President of the LAG “Dolina Raby” and Monika Łagodzińska from the Foundation for Lifelong Learning PERITIA from Poznań, the main organizer of this and previous meetings of Europa Cafe. Krzysztof Kwatera presented the agenda of the meeting. 

Monika Łagodzińska was the first of speakers. She presented a new financial instrument for NGOs concerning European values. M. Łagodzińska and J. Lichota talked about study visits to the EU institutions in Brussels and about activities of the Brussels City to support NGOs in organizing meetings, events, conferences etc. in Brussels.

Magdalena Szczudło from FRDL MISTiA spoke about challenges of modern education in the EU countries related to the need of innovation. M. Szczudło is now the coordinator of the RATIO Project under the Interreg Europe Programme. She noted the problem of innovation is not the lack of modern machines and equipment, but competent people who manage to use them effectively. Hence the need for educational activities for staff development.

The participants were also informed of the experiences of the Foundation for Youth Assistance and Disabled Children “Hey, Horse!” from Warsaw (Agata Chajka and Ilona Ambrożkiewicz) in the field of employment of assisted persons with disabilities and the coalition of the Art of Learning (Piotr Czekała, The Association “Łejery” from Poznań) about the needs and initiatives of changes in school education.

On day two, Krzysztof Kwatera presented a summary of the information materials about the TELI2 project, participants has received.  Participants also received the Polish version of the Newsletter No. 3 and a leaflet of the Polish Network of LAGs with proposals for the future of the LEADER/CLLD approach in the new EU programming period. The purpose and main elements of the TELI2 project were presented.

“State of play and future implementation of the LEADER/CLLD approach in Poland” was outlined. 

In the presentation “Number of LAGs in Poland and in Europe”, the number of LAGs in Europe was shown as 3,288.  In the LAG Database run by the Contact Point of the European Network for Rural Development however, the total number of LAGs is shown only to be 2,481 presently, since the Contact Point only shows the data officially received from the institutions managing the Rural Development Programmes. The number of LAGs in Poland is 324 and it is the third largest in Europe after France – 353 and Germany – 350.

During discussion time, representatives of LAGs pointed to the poor work of intermediary institutions in some regions. They also pointed to the fact that LAGs may incur sanctions not to achieve the indicators planned in the so-called “first milestone”.

  1. Świerczyński presented on behalf of the Director of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on proposals of new EU regulations which had been presented on the last meeting of the Thematic Group for LEADER/CLLD approach. M. Świerczyński said among others: “The year 2018 is the time when talks about the future of the LEADER, the CLLD approach should get the right momentum.

Participants of the meeting obtained a summary of TELI2 report in the conference materials.  LAGs are organizing calls and training without problems, they are very popular, but this does not translate into the pace of signed contracts with the intermediate body. Beneficiaries withdrew after a year of waiting for the assessment of the application.

In response to the question “What are the Strengths of the LEADER/CLLD approach”, the participants of the meeting concluded:

  • A grassroots approach which activate the local community • Based on local resources and social capital • Availability and support for the local community • Opportunity to become acquainted with the LAG’s strength and exchange of experience • SWOT Analysis of the LAG’s area -> Increasing awareness of the inhabitants on needs -> Inclusion of residents • Activation of community • Bottom-up initiatives.

In response to a second question – “Challenges“, the meeting attendees concluded:

  • Not to discredit the competence of LAG’s decisions • Change in LEADER due to change of circumstances (lack of flexibility) • Too long period for the start of the programme since its approval (delay of 2.5 years) • Agreement for individuals to apply for environmental protection and renewable sources • The fight against procedures, multitude of documents, lack of permanent cooperation • A misunderstanding of bottom-up approach • Activation of the local environment (youth, entrepreneurs) -> appropriate promotion.



Event: TELI2 Croatian national multiplier event

Date: 6th June 2018

Location: University North, Varaždin, Croatia

Participants: 53 participants; LAGs, Croatian Agency for Small Business and Investment (HAMAG), Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR), Private consultants, University North; students, professors, Faculty of organisation and informatics; students, TELI2 students, LAG lead partners, LAG members; Small family farms, list of participants attached.


Official welcome was provided by the prof.dr.sc. Ante Rončević, representative of University North, Tomislav Lež, representative of LAG Zeleni Bregi, Robert Nogić, representative of LAG Zrinska gora-Turopolje.

Discussion ensued on the possibilities for LEADER START-UP projects.

Iva Debanić and Martina Brlić, representatives of HAMAG-BICRO provided insights into the ESIF financial instruments and other services.  This was followed by an input on ‘Incentive Measures to Launch Business and Produce Documentation’ by Irena Dajčar, Private Consultant.  Topic included incentive measures for self-employment as well as stimulating measures for self-employment.

Tomislav Lež, representative of LAG Zeleni Bregi outlined the support and role of the LAG for beginner entrepreneurs, and went on to describe their experiences with TELI2 along with his colleagues Robert Nogić and Maja Štimec, TELI2 students. They both highlighted the individual student experience.

 Robert Nogić and Tomislav Lež outlined the project partner experience under TELI2 project in relation to research results; learning methods; and added value.

Topics Discussed: A number of experts presented many interested topics related to the entrepreneurial support, TELI2 project, being a partner in Erasmus+ project, taking a part in the TELI2 pilot implementation of the training program for obtaining a certificate in LEADER program management, implementation of LEADER/CLLD in Croatia.

In the discussion several participants asked questions related to the pilot implementation of the training program in the TELI2.

Other Comments: Participants praised the multiplier event, the project TELI2 and were interested in participating in a similar training program.





Commune Horia caunty – Constanta

Date 16.07.2018

Commune Saraiu caunty – Constanta

Date 14.08.2018

Commune Casimcea caunty Tulcea

Date 24.07.2018

Participants:  total of 48 people

Profile – 26 representatives of the local public administration Farmers benefiting from GAL-funded projects 22 people

Duration of dissemination event: 2 hours

Content of dissemination event:

Overview of the TELl2 project

Open discussions about the LEADER Program

Proposing training themes to facilitate beneficiaries’ access to the LEADER program


All participants requested specific training for the LEADER program.






TELI2 Multiplier event in Slovenia

Date:   25-May-2018

Multiplier event took place on May 25th in Lenart, Slovenia. Representative of LAGs, development centres, LAG lead partners, students, professors, national institutions, public institutions and also LAG representatives of LAGs from Croatia attended the event.

A number of experts presented many interested topics related to the TELI2 project, being a partner in Erasmus+ project, taking a part in the TELI2 pilot implementation of the training program for obtaining a certificate in LEADER program management, implementation of LEADER/CLLD in Slovenia, methodologies for evaluation of LEADER program.

In the discussion guests from Croatia presented some specifics of the LEADER implementation in their country, several participants asked questions related to the pilot implementation of the training program in the TELI2.

Participants praised the multiplier event, the project TELI2 and were interested in participating in a similar training program.









Partner Meeting in Slovenia – 21st & 22nd June 2018

Date: 21 & 22 June 2018

Location: Development Agency Kozjansko, Šentjur, Slovenia

All project partners came together for the final project management meeting, hosted by our Slovenian colleagues on Razvojna Agencja Kozjansko.

Topics covered:

  • The learning portal and the website
  • Accredited course
  • Accredited course – student matters
  • Accredited course – future
  • External evaluation report
  • Completion of the Final Report to national agency
  • Sustainability and transferability
  • Communication and dissemination activities
  • Dissemination – tasks
  • TELI2 financial overview