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AEIDL was born at an important moment

in recent European history. Significant

changes were occurring in 1988.

In June 1988, the Commission of Jacques

Delors gave a new momentum to the

process of the European integration by

finalising the conditions for the internal

market, also laying the foundations for the

single European currency.

In the same year, the European Commission

Communication on

“The Future of Rural


was published, presenting the

first strong statement on the need for

a European rural development policy.

This led to the setting up of the LEADER

Programme, which was the first time the

‘bottom-up’ approach was used in EU

policy and practice, strengthening local

citizen initiatives across Europe. AEIDL

would later play an important role in

LEADER, raising its profile across much of

rural Europe.

25 years of local development

Also in 1988, in a very different context,

President Gorbachev introduced his policy

of perestroika. It was the time of the Second

Solidarity in Poland, when Lech Wałęsa

scored a public-relations victory, and the

year when civil society found its voice again

in Central and Eastern Europe, leading to

political change in the communist countries.


Márta Márczis

Reinventing Europe through Local Initiative |