The whole event will take place at the salle des fêtes de Plœuc-L’Hermitage, Place Louis Morel, 22150 Plœuc-L’Hermitage.

Shuttles are available to participants from Saint-Brieuc. (see transportation section)


9 a.m. : General Assembly of the European network ELARD

Grand Léjon room Inter-administrative center Saint-Brieuc Armor Agglomeration 5 rue du 71ème RI in Saint-Brieuc

General Assembly of the European network ELARD (European Leader Association for Rural Development) in the presence of delegations from each Member State. ELARD brings together nearly 2200 LAGs and FLAGs from 26 countries, including countries which are not members of the EU but implement the LEADER methodology.


From 1 p.m. : Welcome and registration of participants

Salle des fêtes de Plœuc-L’Hermitage, Place Louis Morel, 22150 Plœuc-L’Hermitage



13.30 p.m : Transport from Saint-Brieuc station to Ploeuc-L’Hermitage


From 2.30 p.m. : Opening and introduction do the event

Introduction to the national delegations and other participants :

  • Clément Beaune, Secretary of State for European Affairs to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs
  • Mihail Dumitru, Deputy Director General in charge of CAP direct aid, rural development and sustainability – Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission.
  • Loïg Chesnais-Girard, President of the Regional Council of Brittany. Chairman of the Agriculture Commission of the Regions of France.
  • Thibaut Guignard, Mayor of Ploeuc-L’Hermitage, President of Leader France

From 3 p.m : European funds: an opportunity for rural areas in France and in Europe

Round table dedicated to deciphering the implementation of the LEADER program on the ground in Europe, through the testimonies of technicians and elected members of European LAGs: management circuit, administrative management, territorial coordination, etc.

Speakers :

  • Radim Srsen, vice-president of the NAT Commission of the European Committee of the Regions.
  • Marion Eckartd, President of ELARD. Director of the Swedish GAL Lokalt Ledd Utveckling Halland.
  • Irène Tolleret, Member of European Parliament, vice-presidente of Leader France
  • Loïg Chesnais-Girard, President of the Regional Council of Brittany. Chairman of the Agriculture Commission of the Regions of France.
  • Neli Kadieva, Presidente of national bulgarian Leader network

4.30 p.m. : Présentation of the project climate of changes

Presentation by the European Association for Local Democracy


4.45 p.m. : Round Table : Linking national measures with European funds : challenges and complementarities?

Workshop devoted to the linking of national measures with European funds in territorial strategies. This workshop will allow to discuss on the linking of the different existing mechanisms supporting a territorial strategy.

Speakers :

  • Yves Le Breton, Director General of the National Agency for Territorial Cohesion.
  • Karine Gloanec Maurin, Regional Councilor for Centre-Val-de-Loire delegated to the Vice-President “Economy, Tourism and Europe” President of the Community of Communes of the Collines du Perche.
  • Co-president of the Rural Territories Commission of the Association of Mayors of France and Presidents of intermunicipalities.
  • Nicolas De Fotso, LEADER Measure Coordinator of the Walloon Rural Development Program, Public service of Wallonia.
  • Christophe Moreux, Head of the territories division of the French Association of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions
  • Secundino Caso Ruiz, President Of spanish rural development network

6 p.m. : Conclusion of the day

Transport back to outlying accommodation


From 8 p.m : Gala breton dinner in salle Horizon de Plédran

2 Rue Jacques Prévert, 22960 Plédran


8 a.m : Transport from Saint-Brieuc station to Ploeuc-L’Hermitage

From 8 a.m. : Welcome and registration of participants

Salle des fêtes de Plœuc-L’Hermitage, Place Louis Morel, Plœuc-L’Hermitage


From 9 a.m. : Opening and introduction of the day

Speakers :

  • Janusz Wojciechowski, European Commissioner for Agriculture
  • Christian Coail, President of Departement Council of Côtes d’Armor

From 9.15 a.m. : Round Table : European funds: an opportunity for rural areas in France and in Europe

This round table will allow, first, to decipher the stakes of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and then to exchange on the place of rural development and ruralities within European policies, and also the opportunities represented by European funds for rural areas in France and in Europe.

Speakers :

  • Joël Giraud, Minister for Territorial Cohesion and Relations with Local Authorities.
  • Francesc Boya Alos, Secretary General of the Demographic Challenge within the Ministry of Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge.
  • Valérie Drezet Humez, Head of the European Commission Representation in France
  • Ulrika Landergren, President of the NAT Commission of European Committee of the Regions.
  • Yolaine de Courson, Chairman of the rural issues group at the National Assembly

11 a.m : Ceremony for the “European LEADER Prize for Gender Equality in Rural Areas”.

On the occasion of International Women’s Rights Day, Leader France is organizing, in collaboration with the European network of Leader programs ELARD (European Leader Association for Rural Development), an award ceremony for the « LEADER European Award for Gender Equality ».

In the presence of :

  • Joël Giraud, Minister for Territorial Cohesion and Relations with Local Authorities.
  • Francesc Boya Alos, Secretary General of the Demographic Challenge within the Ministry of Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge.
  • Valérie Drezet Humez, Head of the European Commission Representation in France
  • Ulrika Landergren, President of the NAT Commission of European Committee of the Regions.

Concluding speech

Results, discussions and message :

  • Joël Giraud, Minister for Territorial Cohesion and Relations with Local Authorities.
  • Marion Eckartd , President of ELARD. Director of the Swedish GAL Lokalt Ledd Utveckling Halland.
  • Thibaut Guignard, Mayor of Ploeuc-L’Hermitage, President of Leader France
  • Ronan Kerdraon, President of Saint-Brieuc Armor Agglomération

12.45 a.m. : Lunch hosted by Saint-Brieuc Armor Agglomération and Ploeuc-L’Hermitage

Salle des fêtes de Plœuc-L’Hermitage, Place Louis Morel, 22150 Plœuc-L’Hermitage


2 p.m. – 6 p.m. : Visit to discover the Leader program of the Pays de Saint-Brieuc During two visits organized within the Pays de Saint-Brieuc LAG, discover projects financed by LEADER and discuss with project leaders.