Policy Vision for Sustainable Rural Economies in an Enlarged Europe

Policy Vision for Sustainable Rural Economies in an Enlarged Europe

ISBN 3-88838-230-0
ISSN 1619-1986
Sprache Englisch
Band-Nr. SSD 4
Seiten 230
Ausgabe 2003
Implemented by a joint initiative of ARL and DATAR (Délégation à l’Aménagement du Territoire et à l’Action Régionale) an international group of experts elaborated the Vision encompassing the shift from a sectoral, i.e. pure agricultural policy of today, to a territorial policy for rural regions to be implemented over a 25 year time horizon. This policy constitutes a desired vision for Europe’s rural areas which requires: (1) appropriate institutions, (2) diversifying the economic activities in rural areas, and (3) integrating agricultural and rural policy. To achieve that shift to an integrated policy we need - new institutional frameworks, both on European and national levels, - effective instruments to guarantee the sustainable use of natural resources in agriculture, - the care for the rural population as a whole not only for farmers, - the improvement of quality products and production processes meeting the required environmental and animal welfare standards guaranteeing international competitiveness, - compatibility of the single European market for agricultural products with respect to prices and safety standards with commitments under the WTO, - a policy design and implementation at a decentralised level, and - a coordination of that policy at European and national levels for the benefit to implement the principles of solidarity and cohesion.
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