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Transnational Leader projects further local development

Transnational cooperation (TNC) is one of the key principles of the European Union’s Leader approach to rural development. The results of transnational cooperation are not only seen in Finland but also in other countries implementing the Leader approach. Leader transnational projects in the programming period 2007-2013 focused e.g. on youth, tourism and culture. The level of transnational activity varied by geographical area in Finland. Taken as a whole, Finland was among the most active member states in the field of TNC co-operation.

The above results come out from a study commissioned by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and conducted in the Ruralia institute by researchers Päivi Pylkkänen, Aapo Jumppanen and the research assistant Sofia Tuisku. The study investigated Transnational Cooperation (TNC) activities within Rural Development Programme for mainland Finland during the European Union programming period 2007-2013. The data comprised surveys to the TNC project promoters and Local Action Group (LAG) managers, interviews, project register data and documentary material.

The TNC projects yielded a significant pool of experience for their beneficiaries and furthered many kinds of learning. The project promoters and the LAG managers felt that projects had a significant impact. The projects were seen to enable learning, promote enthusiasm, and also often the transfer of ideas or models from one locality to another.

The programming period 2007-2013 involved 94 actual TNC projects and 86 preparatory projects. A total of 9,63 million euros of public funding was committed to the TNC projects. The typical applicants were associations and non-profit organizations.

The results are published in the Ruralia Institute’s Reports no 156. The full report is available in Finnish. The report contains an English summary. Link to the publication.

Further information:
Päivi Pylkkänen
+ 358 44 336 6919