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Agricultural Policy and Rural Development
European Union information and
"European Rural Information and Promotion Carrefours".
Established following the Communication of the Commission of the European Communities, "The Future of Rural Society", published in 1988 (COM(88) 5012 Final). Implemented following to the Communication SEC(89) 1717 final of 13/10/89 relating to the guidelines of rural development actions.
Operating as a network, the Carrefours have the task of disseminating Community information in rural communities. Their objectives are as follows:
Target public / beneficiaries
The entire «living strength» of rural society: farmers, rural communities, development agencies, local authorities, professional associations, SMEs, education and training, etc. All the players likely to be interested in setting up transnational projects are the special clients of Carrefours.
The Carrefours are set up within "host structures" which were already well established and had extensive experience in rural information provision, eg, centres for training farmers, a university faculty of economics, a development institute, etc.
The Carrefours network was launched in 1989 and has been pursuing its activities since this time. Today it has more than 120 members divided among all the EU Member States.
Nature and amount of aid
The European Commission's input consists first and foremost of information: the Central Unit of DG Education and Culture provides the Carrefours with a range of European information (official publications of the EUR-OP, free access to Community databases, etc)
The DG EAC also grants annual financial aid of 15,000 euro to operate the Carrefours.
The Carrefours are connected by an electronic network.
Information offices or bodies as additional sources of information
date of publication: 06/00