Community-led local development (hereinafter: CLLD) is supported by three funds in Slovenia. Ministries issued first decisions on the approval for 17 out of 37 expected LAGs for the period 2014-2020. All LAGs are going to be approved by the end of October 2016.

The LEADER approach itself was established in Slovenia in the 2007-2013 programming period and has proven a successful tool for the realisation of local development objectives of Local Action Groups (LAG). All 33 confirmed LAGs remained active throughout the entire programming period. The LEADER measures were implemented on 95% of Slovenian territory. More than 1,400 projects were approved.

The 2014-2020 programming period is delivering the application of the  CLLD approach in three funds, i.e. EAFRD, EMFF (both Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry) and ERDF (Ministry of Economic Development and Technology). EUR 52,4 million is earmarked from the EAFRD, 6,6 million from the EMFF and 37,5 million from the ERDF.

LAGs with Local Development Strategies (LDS) are granted the right on the basis of the criteria (number of residents in LAG, LAG surface area and development of the area) to draw funds from each relevant fund. The LAGs are allocated a quota of funds which they will be able to draw on the basis of operations selected on the basis of public tenders for LAGs. When preparing LDSs, local partnerships have to observe the following key challenges:
1. job creation,
2. development of basic services,
3. environmental protection and nature preservation,
4. greater inclusion of the young, women and other vulnerable groups

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology issued first decisions on the approval for 17 out of 37 expected LAGs for the period 2014-2020. All LAGs are going to be approved by the end of October 2016.

Approved LAGs:
-    LAG Society for Rural Development of the Land between Snežnik and Nanos (LAS Med Snežnikom in Nanosom),
-    LAG "The Heart of Slovenia" (LAS Srce Slovenije),
-    LAG From Pohorje to Bohor (LAS Od Pohorja do Bohorja),
-    LAS Za mesto in vas,
-    LAS Raznolikost podeželja,
-    LAS Dolina Soče,
-    LAS Suha krajina, Temenica in Krka,
-    LAG Obsotelje and Kozjansko (LAS Obsotelje in Kozjansko),
-    LAS Pri dobrih ljudeh 2020,
-    LAS Dolenjska in Bela krajina,
-    LAS Posavje,
-    LAS Goričko 2020,
-    LAS Mislinjske in dravske doline,
-    LAS V objemu sonca,
-    LAS Mežiške doline,
-    LAS loškega pogorja,
-    LAS Dobro za nas.

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