5. Strengthening local and sub regional economies
This theme is led by PREPARE and the Slovenian Rural Network. The Project Manager was Goran Šoster. The project involved 324 people from 8 countries in survey, interviews, study, travelling workshop. An international event was held in connection with the Slovenian Rural Parliament 21-22 September, 2017.
The aims of the project were:
- to clarify key issues on the central theme by surveys, travelling workshops and events
- to identify successful case-study examples of how rural economies can be strengthened and diversified
- by reference to those examples, to find out which are the most significant drivers of success, which are the main motives of stakeholders to join the common initiatives, and how citizens can participate in shaping policy and taking action related to this theme.
- to estimate the potential of the local and sub-regional economies in the areas involved in the survey
- to report the results and recommendations to the 3rd European Rural Parliament
Conclusions identified key issues, local initiatives, drivers, potential and good practice.
- International exchange on good practice - ERP as a European platform.
- Efficient flow of knowledge and information through digital networks across Europe.
- Tools to strengthen local economies in policies and programmes. ERP advocate for in EU programmes.
- ERP partners promote good international practices to governments to improve support for local economies.
- Strengthen and mainstream programmes and policies which link bottom-up initiatives and solutions with top-down measures.
- Take a holistic approach to clarifying social, environmental, economic factors enabling rural communities, enterprises and others to shape and apply solutions for strengthening local economies.
- A supportive business environment, facilities and networks are needed to speed rural job creation.
- Local embeddedness increases resilience and benefits to the region from global engagement.
- To improve welfare, resources should be exploited in sustainable way, using common management.
- North-South and East-West differences can be used as the learning arena.
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