The European Commission [LEADER Programme 2000 - 2006] will provide help to local action groups (LAGs) outside government or local authority control. Pilot strategies, inter-area co-operation and networking will be supported. Its section focusing on support for cooperation between rural territories aims to promote the pursuit of joint actions through the funding of technical assistance in the context of inter-territorial and transnational cooperation. Its networking section concerns the exchange of experiences between interested parties in the European Community. At the European level, a "rural territories observatory" piloted by the Commission will guarantee networking at the European level and the operation of the system.