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Discussion Forum on the Leader Programme within the ALDETEC Programme on 9th May 2012 in Transdanubian Research Department IRS


AL DET EC         Action locale et développement territorial en Europe centrale

Projet financé par l'Agence nationale de la recherche
n° ANR-08-BLAN-0270-01


As a result of a several decades' cooperation between the Centre for Regional Studies, the CNRS and the University of Montpellier III the institute was also invited into the ALDETEC (Action et Développement du Territoire locale en Europe Centrale) programme. The project with the support of the French Research Agency (ANR), the Prague-seated CEFRES (later on the Paris-based EHESS) and Montpellier III University coordinated by Marie-Claude Maurel and Pascal Chevalier, led by five countries examined the practice of rural development, local resources and rural development strategies basically through the implementation of the European Leader Programme.

The international research network compared the Leader Programme experience of the Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Hungary, Germany, the operation of local action groups, networks and strategy formulation process in these countries.

The programme, launched in 2008, first presented the institutional system of rural development and compared it between the countries examined. Then, on the basis of surveys and interviews conducted by the action groups the Leader program and the local characteristics of rural development strategies  were analyzed. The research including the special features of local contact networks in the surveys, focused on the characteristics of social capital and on the network itself as a resource. Finally, the use of local resources and the analysis of local resource based rural development strategies was the task of the project.

Two researchers of our Institute (Dezső Kovács and Péter Póla) participated in the project from Hungary. Regional surveys were conducted in the Mecsek and the Zengő-Danube local action groups. The implementation of the Leader Programme showed significant differences even between these two groups. On the basis of the research comparing five-countries, the Czech example seems to be most successful, and the domestic practice received the most criticism.

On the Forum held on May 9 2012, the researchers reported to the active and interested members of the two action groups on the results of research. The forum received great interest and the debates, not even missing some passion, indicated that rural actors are ready and capable for independent work, and demand a greater role and the enforcement of subsidiarity in local development policy..


The lectures presented on the Forum were as follows:


Photos from the Forum