The European Commission, DG VI, has published an invitation to tender for the completion of an "ex-post" evaluation of the LEADER I (liaison between actions and development of the rural economy) Community initiative. The aim of this evaluation of LEADER I is to assess the effects of support measures implemented within the context of this initiative. The evaluation concerns all the Member States and will cover all subsidies granted, under the LEADER I initiative, in favour of local action groups (LAGs). Specific tasks to be covered by the evaluation include: - Analyzing the relevance and conformity of the actions implemented by the LAGs, as well as by the structures responsible at national and regional level, as compared with orientations and objectives set out by the Commission; - Evaluating the expected effects, especially on employment; - Evaluating the effective impact of the actions at local level; - Analysing the procedures implemented with a view to assessing to what extent certain administrative procedures, institutional or legal realities, have affected the efficiency and impact of the Community structural operation; - Evaluating the suitable use of funds allocated to this initiative; - Analysing the running and efficiency of the network; - Evaluating, in qualitative and quantitative terms, the added value of Community action. The evaluation should highlight the innovative nature of the approach initiated by LEADER I, as compared with Community Support Framework (CSF) measures relating to the areas concerned. It should also include an appreciation of the financial and physical implementation of LAGs' actions carried out on the basis of relevant financial and physical indicators. More detailed information concerning this invitation to tender may be obtained from: European Commission DG VI - Agriculture Mr. L. Van Depoele Unit VI/F-1 - Rural Development 130 rue de la Loi (6/192) B-1049 Brussels Tel. +32-2-2965767; Fax +32-2-2950131 Tenders must be sent either by registered post, as evidenced by the postmark, or submitted directly to the service referred to above.