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Linking sustainable practices throughout Europe

Reinventing Europe through Local Initiative

A conference and 25 promising initiatives to celebrate the 25th anniversary of AEIDL

Rural topic(s): Rural entrepreneurship and diversification of activities

Type: case study

Date of publication: February 20, 2014

Organization(s): AEIDL (European Association for Information on Local Development)


This was the theme of a conference organised by AEIDL in February 2014.

The contributions and debates focused on the need to renew the European Project, taking

into account the initiatives of citizens and territories, in order to meet current economic,

environmental and social challenges.

These contributions and debates were brought to life by presentations of 25 different local

initiatives, drawn from 17 countries and covering a full geographic range from metropolitan

centres to the most peripheral rural areas.

This publication highlights the main points from the contributions, debates, and the

presentation of the 25 promising initiatives.

They illustrate the following topics: Social cohesion, Inclusion of disadvantaged groups, Social economy, Environment and transition, Area-based development



Scale of intervention : Local, European

Keywords: empowerment of rural communities, Community Led Local Development (CLLD), renewable energy, integrated rural development, rural parliament, social inclusion, territorial cohesion, gardening, coworking space, innovation, social and solidarity economy, disadvantaged people, transition

Places: Europe, Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, , Hungary, Turkey, United-Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, Greece, Denmark, Serbia, Poland, Finland, Sweden, Slovakia, Latvia

Actors: inhabitant association, civil society, municipality