LAG Međimurski doli i bregi primarily deals with the implementation of The Rural Development Program of the Republic of Croatia 2014 – 2020, and currently the other four projects are funded by other European funds – POP-UP rural socio-innovative hubs, ECool-Tour, Rural SKILLS and Smart Farming Innovation Brokers.
|Project name:||Project value:||Duration:||Program:||LAG role|
|POP-UP rural socio-innovative hubs||1.194.848,89 HRK||March 19th 2018 – March 18th, 2020||European Social Fund||holder|
|Sub-measures 19.2., 19.3. and 19.4. of The Rural Development Program of the Republic of Croatia 2014 – 2020||10.170.580,14 HRK||2014 – 2020||The Rural Development Program of the Republic of Croatia 2014 – 2020||holder|
|Project ECool-Tour||829.360,00 EUR||July 1st 2017 – December 31st 2019||Cross-Border Cooperation Program Interreg Slovenia – Croatia||partner|
|Rural SKILLS||126.155,00 EUR||October 15th 2017 – June 14th 2019||ERASMUS+; KA2||partner|
|Smart Farming Innovation Brokers||446.842,00 EUR||September 1st 2018 – August 31st 2021||ERASMUS+; KA2||partner|
POP-UP rural socio-innovative hubs
The project POP-UP rural socio-innovative hubs is approved within the Open Call “Support to the development of partnerships of civil society organizations and higher education institutions for the implementation of socially useful learning programs” funded by the European Social Fund.
The total value of the project is 1.194.848,89 HRK, with a 100% co-financing rate. LAG Međimurski doli i bregi is the leading partner, and other partners include ACT Group from Čakovec, VERN University of Applied Sciences from Zagreb, Križevci College of Agriculture, the Faculty of Organization and Informatics from Varaždin, and LAG Škoji from Hvar. The project implementation started on March 19th 2018, and will run for 24 months, until March 18th, 2020.
The project will stimulate the development of local rural communities through the launch of socio-innovative sustainable micro-entrepreneurial activities by using local resources to drive the local economy and stop migration from rural to urban areas. A sustainable partnership between higher education institutions and civil society organizations will be developed, and higher education institutions will be encouraged to become an active part of rural development. At the same time, the capacities of civil society organizations and students will be strengthened. They will, through the developed methodology of pop-up rural socio-innovative hubs (a model of socially useful learning) encourage sustainable development activities in selected local communities, in this case the Municipality of Štrigova and the Municipality of Mala Subotica in Međimurje County and on the island of Vis in Split-Dalmatia County.
The project is co-funded by the European Union with the funds of the European Social Fund.
Sub-measures 19.2., 19.3. and 19.4. of The Rural Development Program of the Republic of Croatia 2014 – 2020
Based on the final Decision on the selection of the LAG and the conclusion of a contract with the Ministry of Agriculture in February 2017, LAG Međimurski doli i bregi was allocated with the funds in the amount of 10.170.580,14 HRK for the implementation of Sub-measure 19.2, Sub-measure 19.3. and Sub-measure 19.4.
Sub-measure 19.2. “The implementation of operations within CLLD strategy”
The LAG will announce tenders and make project selection in accordance with the Local Development Strategy of the LAG and the Rural Development Program 2014-2020. A detailed workflow of implementation and call for tenders will be defined by special acts and the LAG Local Development Strategy Implementation Plan. The first call for proposals by the LAG is expected, depending on the decisions of the Ministry of Agriculture and Paying Agency, during 2017.
Eligible users are selected LAGs and project holders, i.e. each subject submitting an application to the project selection and is directly responsible for the start, management, implementation and results and which has a permanent residence or is registered or has a branch office within the area of the selected LAG.
Sub-measure 19.3. “Preparation and implementation of cooperation LAG”
This sub-measure refers to the development and implementation of LAG cooperation projects that are defined in the Local Development Strategy. There are two types of operations under this sub-measure: 19.3.1. ”Preparation of LAG cooperation activities” and 19.3.2. ”Implementation LAG cooperation activities”.
Sub-measure 19.4. “Running costs and animation”
Sub-measure 19.4. refers to the current costs and LAG operation, animation and educational and promotional activities of the LAG for the period 2016 – 2023.
Cross-Border Cooperation Program Interreg Slovenia – Croatia aims to promote a sustainable, safe and vital border area and to encourage smart approaches to the conservation, mobilization and management of natural and cultural assets for the benefit of people who live and work or just visit the program area. Successful regional and border development is the goal of the European territorial cooperation program that also contributes to the integration process within the EU and the building of a European identity.
Project ECooL-Tour is worth EUR 829,360.00, of which The European Regional Development Fund covers 85% of the eligible costs. LAG Međimurski doli i bregi is with the ACT group from Čakovec a partner on the Croatian side, while on the Slovenian side the partners are CAAP (Center of Alternative and Autonomus Production) from Maribor, with the leading partner MOZAIK, the Social Inclusion Society from Murska Sobota.
The project will last for 30 months (from July 1st 2017), and during this period Slovenian and Croatian partners will carry out a series of joint activities that will link the existing initiatives in the field of sustainable tourism in the border region and form a model of cooperation in creating tourism products of the area, which will include both natural and cultural heritage.
LAG Međimurski doli i bregi is one of the partners on the project Rural Skills, funded by the ERASMUS+ program; Key Activity KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices. The project is worth EUR 126,155.00 and started with implementation on October 15th, 2017. The project duration is 20 months.
The leading partner of the project is the LAG MontagnAppennino from Italy, and the other partners are the Alto Tamega Region Development Agency from Portugal, the Raia Nordestina Development Agency from Portugal, the LAG Zied Zeme from Latvia, the LAG Vlaamse Ardennen from Belgium and the Institute for Reconstruction and the Environment from Spain.
The main objective of the project are:
- to create a transnational network of European LAGs to share ideas, practices and methods,
- to widen knowledge and learning methods about sustainable rural development
- to improve educational and training methodologies for rural development operators
- to reintroduce the importance of transnational cooperation among LAGs and rural development organizations
- to meet the needs and challenges addressed in the strategies of the LEADER areas
- to develop new visions and new dimensions will support and promote new ways of working.
As a part of the project, a participation in five study visits and workshops in partner countries is planned, as well as organization of a study visit to Croatia in November 2018.
Smart Farming Innovation Brokers
The project is worth EUR 446,842.00 and began with implementation on 1 September 2018. Project duration is 36 months, until August 31, 2021.
The leading partner of the project is the Union of Agricultural Producers of Italy (CIA) from Padua, and the other partners are the University of Padua, LAG Međimurski doli i bregi, ACT Group from Čakovec, Biosense Institute from Novi Sad, the Agricultural and Forestry Chamber of Slovenia (KGZS) from Murska Sobota, Innovation Technology Cluster (ITC) from Murska Sobota and Austrian Chamber of Agriculture (LKÖ) from Vienna.
Minding the gap between current farming industry digitization trends and the digital and smart technology era, the project wants to open a way to a new innovation oriented training method in the farming industry by combining the “Innovation Broker” approach with the current efforts put in place by the EU in the field of “Digital Innovation Hubs”. The aim of the project is to reduce the gap between current digitalization trends of agricultural production and digital and smart technologies, to modernize the production and to increase farmers’ profits.