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
“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
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.
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