ELARD press release, Feb. 19, 2016

Photo 4 ELARD 2016 vest

ELARD celebrates the new presidency for 2016-2017

Estonian Kristiina Tammets elected first female president of ELARD (European LEADER Association for Rural Development).

On Feb. 16-17 the 11th General Assembly of ELARD took place in Brussels, the main aim of which was to summarize the Czech presidency and introduce Estonian presidency’s goals and action plan for 2016-2017.

The representative of Estonian Leader Union, Kristiina Tammets (manager of LAG Tartu Rural Development Association), was elected as the association’s new president, while Pedro Brosei from Portugal and Radim Sršen from the Czech Republic were elected as new vice-presidents. Kristiina Tammets is the first female president in ELARD’s nearly twenty-year history.

According to Kristiina Tammets, ELARD leadership is a team work, and the main thing is to meet the expectations of our members, who represent the needs and interests of people in rural areas across Europe.

ELARD is an international non-profit association set up to assure the balanced and sustainable development of rural areas. The European LEADER Association joins together more than 1250 local action groups from 22 countries (Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Bosnia and Herzegovina). Estonia has been a member since 2011.

ELARD believes that diversification of rural economy is important for local communities and creating jobs. In addition, it is considered important that more means of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund are integrated for rural development when implementing the LEADER approach.

Additional information:

Alena Kolářová

Secretary of ELARD

Phone no: +420 728 275 000

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Home page: www.elard.eu

Kristiina Tammets

President of ELARD

Phone no: +372 5340 9873

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