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Fighting social exclusion in rural areas
[ Summary ]
Although the fight against social exclusion was not explicitly considered part of the LEADER II intervention measures, in most cases the local action groups (LAGs), in their effort to use all the local potential of rural areas, had to take account of problems of exclusion, unemployment and isolation. Thus, a certain awareness of the subject arose as the Initiative was implemented. The LAGs gradually confirmed the importance of the local level in interventions concerning social cohesion. In some countries, for example. in Ireland, these interventions became a key aspect of the strategies implemented. The new Community Initiative for rural development, LEADER+, asserts the need to go further and to deepen the intervention methods with emphasis on equal opportunity and job creation actions.
Furthermore, how can the future LEADER+ LAGs operating in concrete territories not take into account one of the aspects of the European agenda that urgently requires the search for new approaches and solutions ?
This report is divided into four chapters:
Seven case studies used at the seminar “Finding answers to situations of exclusion in rural areas” are analysed in detail in chapter III:
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