Islands have special characteristics and therefore face particular problems. However, their very specific situation can also offer opportunities if, with the necessary effort from all parties concerned, policies are developed and implemented which create sustainable growth and, at the same time, job opportunities for the young generation, competiveness and innovation, whilst respecting the environment and cultural heritage. This conference is foreseen in the Smart Islands project, and is aimed at showcasing and discussing best practices to help islands develop in a sustainable and "smart" manner.
"Leader in practice - The swedish experience"
"Implentation of LEADER: some experiences from Poland and elsewhere"
"View on the future of Leader from a DG AGRI perspective: Leader as the main local development instrument"
"The Court examined whether the Leader approach has been implemented in ways that add value, while minimising the risks to sound financial management"
The NAT section prepares the EESC’s work in two key areas of EU policy: agriculture and rural development, as well as the environment.