ABSTRACT

In this chapter, the local and regional contexts of the LAGs are analysed, by shedding some light on the relations between LAGs and other individuals and groups. First, the LAGs’ openness in terms of their readiness to accept new members is looked at. Second, the information policies and strategies LAGs used to inform the public about their work is discussed. Third, the mobilisation of local residents to become members is analysed, including the extent local residents have been interested in the work of the LAG. Finally, differences between Germany and Finland in terms of the LAGs’ success in bringing the EU closer to local residents are shown.