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.
"The Leader approach as a tool of diversity in local democracy and higher effectiveness of public aid"
"Considerations concerning future ERDF support to Leader approach Local Development"
The EESC "Smart Islands" project is based on the own-initiative of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on Smart islands TEN/558.
"Leader in practice - The swedish experience"
"Implentation of LEADER: some experiences from Poland and elsewhere"