25 years of LEADER: Back to the future
(27 January 2017) - The LEADER rural development programme is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Yves Champetier has been one of the leading experts on LEADER throughout this time. In this article, Yves retraces the evolution of this initiative, which has revolutionised European rural development, and highlights the challenges that still need to be overcome in order to achieve "Community-Led Local Development (CLLD)".
Anastasios Perimenis: “We need real solidarity, tolerance and dignity”
(08 October 2015) - Anastasios M. Perimenis, the manager of ETAL, the Lesbos local development agency, tells us about the dramatic situation on the Greek island at the forefront of the migrant crisis. His testimony is one of a local development practitioner but also a concerned citizen, on the frontline of an unfolding human tragedy.
Sustainable Development Goals: Local communities must be empowered to make a difference
(02 October 2015) - The ECOLISE network welcomes the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the UN on September 25, but underlines the need for these to be translated into legally-binding targets with appropriate financing instruments and an agreed monitoring process.
Rethinking the European project from the perspective of citizens and local communities
(19 February 2014) - The European project is in need of renewal. A growing disconnect between the EU and its citizens threatens the democratic legitimacy of the EU.