(01 March 2019) - Action to tackle the accelerated process of depopulation in rural Spain has focused in some cases on promoting the settlement of an immigrant population to revitalise these areas, while improving the quality of life of the groups that settle there. María Coto Sauras analyses these initiatives and extracts some elements to be considered in future interventions.

Yves Champetier

(14 February 2019) - For more than 40 years, Yves Champetier has been a privileged actor and observer of European policies in support of local development. He has witnessed their development and successes as well as the difficulties encountered. In this article, he offers an overview of the progress that has been made and the challenges facing us today.


(01 February 2019) - Márta Márczis, who led a team of experts in 2016-2018 providing assistance to rural development in the Republic of Moldova, tells an uplifting story of commitment, energy, openness and creativity displayed by hundreds of rural citizen-led initiatives.


(11 January 2019) - On 22 November 2018, the AGRI and CONT Committees of the European Parliament held a Public Hearing on ‘LEADER experiences – lessons learned and effectiveness of EU funds for rural development’. Haris Martinos, of LDnet, reports.