Conclusions & Synthesis
This conference was organized by AEIDL, the European Association for Information on Local Development, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Association. Held in Brussels, with plenary sessions at the European Parliament, the conference attracted 155 participants from 27 countries.
It was enlivened by presentations of 25 highly varied local initiatives, drawn from 17 countries and covering a full geographic range from metropolitan centres to the most peripheral rural regions. Keynote speakers provoked debate about the political perspectives for Europe and for local development, and the counterpoint between local initiatives and the prevailing governmental and commercial systems.