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Territorial competitiveness

Creating a territorial development strategy
in light of the LEADER experience
[Part 1]

[ Index ]




The LEADER+ Initiative (2000-2006) is part of a territorial competitiveness approach. It opens up the rural world to restructuring measures based on specific elements in the area (unifying themes), on seeking the relevant dimension, on implementing development measures and projects (by organising inter- territorial cooperation) and on seeking “customised” exchanges and transfers beyond their own immediate vicinity (through transnational cooperation).

Restructuring, variable geometry in the territorial definition, and integration into processes broader than the local ones, are key to ensuring that rural areas are able to assure their future development.

Under LEADER+, a competitive rural area therefore becomes an area whose development sustainability depends on its ability to:

  • develop all of its resources (tangible and intangible) by structuring them around promising focal points;

  • seek out and introduce the necessary room for manoeuvre, through cooperation with other neighbouring areas;

  • gain access to appropriate knowledge through cooperation with other European rural areas.

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