This issue highlights the relevance of EU Rural Development policy to wider societal challenges and the practical opportunities to deliver the greatest positive impact on the ground. It focuses on responses to the challenges of limited rural broadband internet access, global climate change and the current refugee crisis. It goes on to explore some of the new and developing EU policy tools: multi-funded CLLD; the European Fund for Strategic Investments; and the RDP Cooperation Measure.
This issue of the EU Rural Review explores some of the latest thinking and practice in how rural entrepreneurship can be supported to take advantage of emerging opportunities and latent potential in order to develop new forms of successful rural business.
Without seeking to ignore the many challenges facing Europe’s rural areas, the issue overviews new opportunities emerging from sectors ranging from the biotechnology to the experience economy and from possibilities created by new information technologies to changing consumer demand.
Finally, it examines how the Rural Development Programmes can be deployed strategically to take advantage of these opportunities, finding smarter ways to deliver effective business support and making targeted efforts to overcome some of the specifically rural challenges.
A closer look at how EU agriculture and rural development policy help promote rural entrepreneurship.
This issue examines the importance of stakeholder involvement in rural development and the methods that can be used to support it. It provides information and guidance on the main types of stakeholder groups in rural development, the EU legal basis of stakeholder involvement and ways in which it can contribute to rural development policy. The issue provides examples of good stakeholder involvement.
This issue focuses on the inter-relationship between two key elements of the LEADER approach - Local Development Strategies and cooperation.
This issue of the EU Rural Review showcases some of the different types of innovation and creativity from EU rural areas.
How Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) are contributing to the promotion of local food production and short supply chains.
This issue of EU Rural Review explains the contribution that the Rural Development policy brings to the EU´s climate action agenda.
Supporting EU agriculture, forestry and agri-food industries, combining competitiveness and multi-functionality.
Quality and organic products are a key part of the Common Agricultural Policy and an important objective of Rural Development policy.