The Joint Research Centre (JRC) hosted an event on the 18 November 2022 to launch the Handbook of Territorial and Local Development Strategies in non-urban areas. JRC, DG REGIO and the co-authors presented the Handbook and reflected on the main features and challenges of an integrated approach to territorial development. In addition, local and managing authorities shared inspiring examples of strategies across Europe.
AEIDL had a strong input in the development of this Handbook with Enrique Nieto (AEIDL’s Head of Policy Unit) as one of the reviewers.
The Handbook offers methodological support for operational programmes, managing authorities, local authorities and any other organisations (e.g. CLLD Local Action Groups) involved in the design, implementation and monitoring of development strategies in the context of cohesion policy. It offers inspiration and food for thought on how to table the most relevant or recurring policy challenges that territorial development actors may encounter during the process of designing strategy.
The Handbook’s structure and content, takes advantage of the generous input and suggestions of an informal board of experts of more than fifty contributors, composed of European Commission staff, practitioners, researchers, and independent experts.
The handbook is targeted at Local Authorities and national and regional Managing Authorities of European Structural and Investment Funds under Cohesion Policy that are designing or revising territorial and local development strategies by means of territorial tools (ITI, CLLD, other tools).
You can access the handbook here: https://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC130788