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Economic competitiveness
Creating a territorial development strategy
in the light of the LEADER experience

“Rural Innovation”
Dossier n° 6 - Part 4
LEADER European Observatory
July 2000


Territorial approach to rural development


Chapter 1: Background

  • 1.1 New opportunities for rural areas
  • 1.2 Lessons learned from LEADER
  • 1.3 Requirements and room for manoeuvre to develop economic competitiveness

Chapter 2: Analysing an area’s economic competitiveness

  • 2.1 Skills, know-how and technological mastery
  • 2.2 Ability to appropriately manage financial resources
  • 2.3 Businesses
  • 2.4 Links with markets
  • 2.5 Summary

Chapter 3: Implementing a strategy to boost economic competitiveness

  • 3.1 From corporate economic competitiveness to territorial economic competitiveness
  • 3.2 A few elements of methodology
  • 3.3 Creating a collective dynamic that encourages a multiplier effect
  • 3.4 Examples of LEADER group strategies
  • 3.5 Conclusion


This part was drafted jointly by Gilda Farrell
(Deputy Director of the LEADER European
Observatory) and Samuel Thirion (INDE, Portugal).
It is the product of discussions by the European
LEADER Observatory’s Innovation Working Group,
coordinated by Gilda Farrell and comprised of
Evelyne Durieux (European LEADER Observatory),
Martine François (GRET, France), Robert Luckesch
(ÖAR, Austria), Elena Saraceno (CRES, Italy),
Paul Soto (Iniciativas Económicas, Spain) and
Samuel Thirion (INDE, Portugal).
Yves Champetier and Jean-Luc Janot (LEADER
European Observatory) helped to finalise the
document. Production coordination: Christine
Charlier (LEADER European Observatory).

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