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AEIDL's 25th Anniversary Conference

Entitled "Reinventing Europe through Local Initiative", this conference organized by AEIDL to mark its 25th anniversary showcased 25 promising initiatives from all over Europe and beyond.

Held in Brussels, with plenary sessions at the European Parliament, the event attracted 155 participants from 27 countries.

  • Client: AEIDL
  • Partners: Arctik (Belgium)
  • Duration: 19-20 February 2014

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FARNET Conference

As a partner in the consortium DevNet geie, AEIDL contributed to the organisation of a major FARNET conference in Brussels on the theme of "Sustainable Futures for Fisheries Areas".

Around 400 persons participated in the event which showcased 30 pioneering projects from across Europe that demonstrate the potential of the local development approach.

  • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General for Maritimes Affairs and Fisheries
  • Partners: Grupo Alba (Spain) and Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe
  • Duration: 3-4 November 2011

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Promoting "Strada del Barolo" in Belgium

On behalf of an association of wine producers from Piedmont (Italy), AEIDL organised an event in Brussels to promote the wines of the “Strada del Barolo", and the region’s speciality foods (cheese, pasta, salami, honey...).

Around 200 professionals from the food and drink industry participated in the event, which took place at “Autoworld”, Brussels' famous car museum.


  • Client: Consorzio di tutela Barolo Barbaresco Alba Langhe e Rero (Italie)
  • Duration: November 2010

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"Local development laboratories"

As part of an evaluation of intervention and support mechanisms for European Commission (DG Regional Policy) local development projects, AEIDL and ADETEF (Association for the Development of Exchanges in Economic and Financial Technologies, France) organised two “local development laboratories”.

These workshops were held in May 2010 and brought together some thirty experts from EU Member States.

  • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional Policy
  • Partner: ADETEF (France)
  • Duration: 2010

Launch of the “Practical Handbook on Green Public Procurement”

The European Commission’s DG Environment entrusted AEIDL with the organisation of a one-day event to launch a "Practical Handbook on Green Public Procurement".

This event took place on 29 October 2004.

  • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General for Environment
  • Duration: Octobre 2004

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"Biodiversity Fair"

The objective of this event, which took place in the European Parliament in Brussels on 6 June 2002, on the occasion of the European Convention, was to showcase the wide range of stakeholders involved in the preservation of agricultural biodiversity.

A total of 30 organisations working in the field of biodiversity were contacted by AEIDL before the event, and some 15 exhibitors from 5 different countries participated. The exhibitors presented publications, information panels and scientific exhibits, scale models, photographs and websites related to their projects. Some of the exhibitors also organised tastings and/or sold bread, beer, pastries and snacks made from spelt wheat, vegetables and seeds, etc. The on-site presence of rare breeds of animals was a great success with the public in general but especially with children. Between 250 and 300 people are estimated to have visited the Fair.

  • Client: European Parliament
  • Duration: June 2002

"EU-Reporters" - Tour of Europe by young people involved in local development

For its tenth anniversary in 1998, AEIDL enabled eight young Europeans from different origins and cultures to travel together through seven different European Union countries in 30 days.

Aged between 18 and 27, these young women - Grit, Nuria, Elia, Sîan, Gozia, Jo, Katell and Miriam - respectively came from Germany, Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Poland, Belgium, France and Ireland. Still studying or having already begun their working lives, they all had one thing in common: their involvement in the life of their local community.

Meeting other young people during their journey, they had the opportunity to exchange views on Europe and European integration. They also took part in local activities and picked up ideas, which they went on to present to the European Parliament in Brussels.

This adventure would not have been possible without the collaboration of “Rural Carrefours” and Meeting Places in Germany and France.

  • Client: AEIDL
  • Partners: EU Rural Carrefours
  • Duration: July 1998