Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today welcomed the announcement that the European Commission has confirmed their approval of Ireland’s CAP Strategic Plan, 2023-2027.
The CAP Strategic Plan includes the LEADER programme, which has a budget of €180 million for the years 2023 to 2027. A number of further steps will now be completed by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in advance of bringing the Plan to Government for final approval in the coming weeks.
Minister Humphreys said:
“I would like to congratulate Minister McConalogue in securing today’s approval for the new CAP Strategic Plan which will deliver €10 billion in supports across a range of schemes. This level of investment is clear testament to this Government’s commitment to families across rural Ireland. LEADER is a key part of the plan and also an important element of Our Rural Future. I have previously confirmed that €180 million will be made available for the new LEADER programme, and my focus now is to continue working with key stakeholders over the coming weeks and months to finalise the design of the new LEADER programme.
“This programme will build on the fantastic success of the LEADER programme in Ireland over the last 30 years, and I am confident that LEADER will continue to play a central role in supporting rural communities for years to come.”
LEADER, a key intervention of Our Rural Future, is a rural development programme co-funded by the EU which operates a locally-led, bottom-up, approach to meeting the needs of rural communities and businesses. The programme supports private enterprises and community groups in rural areas.
The programme is based on a community-led approach to rural development and plays an important role in supporting communities and enterprises in progressing job creation, social inclusion and environmental projects at local level.
Funding is currently delivered by 29 Local Action Groups (LAGs) in 28 sub-regional areas. These groups are partnerships of public and private entities from a defined geographical area. LAGs are responsible for local projects in accordance with the Local Development Strategies they develop themselves.