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"The future of rural areas in the CEE new Member States"

Rural development measures have become more important in recent years and will gain further importance in future as shown in the conclusions of the Second European Conference on Rural Development, held in Salzburg, in November 2003. The report "The Future of Rural Areas in the CEE New Member States" is an important reference document analysing the current situation and future prospects of rural areas in the eight Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs) acceding the European Union on May 1, 2004 as well as in Romania and Bulgaria. The report is mainly based on background information provided by the country experts of the Network of Independent Agricultural Experts in the CEE Candidate Countries and on available regional statistics. The analysis covers a number of important topics for rural regions in Europe: farm and food chain related analyses, rural labour market trends, rural infrastructure, rural and agricultural policies and concludes with a very detailed typology of rural areas on a NUTS-2 and NUTS-3 basis.

Date of publication: 27/02/2004

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