On 16 December 2020, the draft law on Local Action Groups (LAG) was voted by the Government of the Republic of Moldova. It provides for the creation of the legal framework on the activity of Local Action Groups as legal entities and will regulate the establishment, activity, reorganisation and liquidation of the Loc al Action Groups.

The draft law was developed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment in partnership with the National LEADER Network of the Republic of Moldova and Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova and the next stage provides for its approval by the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova.

This step will facilitate the complex process of including the LEADER Program on the list of programs supported by the National Fund for the Development of Agriculture and Rural Environment and will contribute to the development of rural areas in the country.

Over the years, Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova supported the creation, financing and capacity building of rural communities through the LEADER Approach and maintained a continuous dialogue with state institutions to promote the LEADER instrument.

The LEADER initiative in the Republic of Moldova directly contributes to the economic and social development of rural areas and it is supported by the European Union. Currently, there are 32 LAGs in the country, covering about 30% of rural areas.