Every year, on 9th of May we celebrate Europe Day, we are reminded that there was a time, before the EU. The date marks the anniversary of the historic ’Schuman declaration’. At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, Continue reading →
Today (7th of May 2021), the Committee of the Regionse approved the opinion “Experience and lessons learned by regions and cities during the COVID-19 crisis” by NAT Rapporteur Joke Schauvliege, which was negotiated through all Committees.
This paper, written by Marjorie Jouen of the Jacques Delors Institute, has benefitted from inputs and reflections of Marion Eckardt, Maria José Murciano-Sanchez, Michael Schmitz, Francesco Mantino and Hannes Lorenzen, expressing themselves in their Continue reading →
The association “Latvian Rural Forum” was organizing an initiative “Dižprojekts” (meaning: The Grand project) this year for the 10th time – a competition for projects that are implemented by LEADER approach. As every year, each Local Action Group (LAG) had Continue reading →
The LEADER-method officially turnded 30 years old on the 15th of March: On 15 March 1991, the Commission of the European Communities, acting pursuant to Article 11 of Regulation (EEC) No 4253/88 (Official Journal No L 374 of 31.12.1988) decided Continue reading →
A new study of LEADER, commissioned by DG AGRI, is currently underway. The aim of the evaluation is to explore the impact of LEADER on the CAP strategic goal of Balanced Territorial Development across Europe. It is Continue reading →
The project’s contribution to the development of a future vision for rural areas has been published and it aims to feed into the ongoing debate. The Position Paper presents the key issues identified by the 20 regional and national SHERPA Multi-Actor Platforms (MAPs), and by the EU-level MAP. Many ELARD members are present in the national MAPs, ELARD is represented in the EU-MAP.
The work carried out by the MAPs helped them identify their desired visions for 2040, alongside enabling factors, opportunities to seize and challenges to overcome.
A key message that resulted from MAPs contribution can be summaries as follows:
European rural areas are attractive in their own right and, as a consequence of the high quality of life available, many such areas are appealing places to live, work and visit.
Due to Covid, the 5th ERP gathering is postponed to autumn 2022. This will give better chances to organise a traditional face-to-face Gathering with many participants and offers the possibility to keep up with Gathering traditions and activities in a Continue reading →