Dismantling LEADER?

With regard to the Department of the Environment’s proposals to dismantle the local development LEADER companies, why fix something that is not broken?

Will the new proposals result in a loss of EU funding? The criteria for funding laid down by the European Commission for rural development support, favours a bottom up, local and community approach to rural development. Another concern is that we will be in danger of losing expertise developed over the past twenty years.

Nessa Childers MEP