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Area-based development, a territorial approach to developmentt

The DL in AEIDL stands for Local Development. With the principles of local development ("bottom-up", "integrated", "participatory", "partnership, "locally based", etc.) having found their way into all activities promoting the sustainable development of territories, AEIDL’s activities are increasingly covering the whole scope of territorial development, including rural, urban, local and regional.

From LEADER to FARNET, AEIDL has proven expertise in the successful application of the territorial approach to development - an approach based on a permanent dialogue with and between local stakeholders and the potential beneficiaries of the various projects, and enriched by exchanges within wider networks, which encompass the local, regional, national and European levels.

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  • Clients: European Commission and European Investment Bank
  • Partner: Deloitte Tax & Consulting S.a r.l
  • Duration: 2018-2020

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AEIDL, as part of a consortium led by Deloitte Tax & Consulting S.a r.l., has been awarded the fi-compass communications and capacity building contract for the European Investment Bank.

Fi-compass is the advisory service on financial instruments for the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and microfinance under the Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI).

Launched in 2015 by the European Commission, in partnership with the European Investment Bank (EIB), fi-compass is a platform designed to support ESIF managing authorities, that will progressively become the knowledge hub for ESIF Financial Instruments.

During the next three years, a team of 15 journalists from AEIDL supported by a pool will write articles and other news on a wide range of topics that will fuel the activities of the fi-compass community.

  • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture
  • Partners: Grupo Alba, IEEP, Metis, Rural Development Company
  • Duration: 2014-2020

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The Directorate-General for Agriculture of the European Commission (DG AGRI) has contracted the RURANET EEIG, made up of five partner organisations including AEIDL, to manage the Contact Point of the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD) during the 2014-2020 period.

The purpose of the ENRD is to increase the involvement of all stakeholders (in particular in agriculture, forestry and rural development) in the implementation of the EU rural development policy; to improve the quality of rural development programmes; and to play a role in informing the broader public on the benefits of rural development policy.

RURANET is an equal partnership of five organisations with complementary skills and expertise: AEIDLGrupo Alba (Spain), IEEP - Institute for European Environmental Policy (UK), Metis GmbH (Austria), and the Rural Development Company (UK).

A permanent team of 21 full-time equivalents will work for the ENRD Contact Point, the first activities of which began in July 2014.

The ENRD Contact Point is in charge of three major tasks:

- Knowledge development

  • Analysis of Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) and their implementation
  • Animation of thematic groups

- Knowledge sharing

  • Website and social media
  • Publications (newsletter, magazine, periodicals, project brochures)

- Exchange and cooperation

  • Events (ENRD Assembly, sub-groups and steering group; National Rural Networks meetings; ENRD seminars)
  • Networking with National Rural Networks and other stakeholders
  • Cooperation with regards to LEADER and CLLD
  • Transnational cooperation

After LEADER (1992-2001) and the Helpdesk of the European Evaluation Network for Rural Development (2008-2014), this contract allows AEIDL to continue to be a key player in the field of rural development.

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy has chosen AEIDL to do a study on “Good practice in urban development: projects and approaches supported by the ERDF during the 2007-2013 programming period”. With this study, the European Commission wishes to “provide a basic input for communicating how cities may best address urban development within programmes supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and provide guidance for the urban dimension in the future cohesion policy.”

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  EU2020: Smart growth
     
    EU2020: Sustainable growth
     
    EU2020: Inclusive growth
     
    Integrated area-based approaches (Article 8 of the ERDF Regulation)
  Housing for marginalised groups
     
    Financial engineering
     
    Local empowerment and public participation
     
    Cooperation and networking

supported by the European Regional Development Fund during the 2007-2013 programming period
Contract reference 2011.CE.16.0.AT.035
Signed between EC – DG REGIO and AEIDL on the 20th October 2011

Area-based development, a territorial approach to developmentt

The DL in AEIDL stands for Local Development. With the principles of local development ("bottom-up", "integrated", "participatory", "partnership, "locally based", etc.) having found their way into all activities promoting the sustainable development of territories, AEIDL’s activities are increasingly covering the whole scope of territorial development, including rural, urban, local and regional.

From LEADER to FARNET, AEIDL has proven expertise in the successful application of the territorial approach to development - an approach based on a permanent dialogue with and between local stakeholders and the potential beneficiaries of the various projects, and enriched by exchanges within wider networks, which encompass the local, regional, national and European levels.

  • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
  • Partner: Grupo Alba
  • Duration: 2008-2020

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As a partner in the consortium DevNet geie, AEIDL is participating in the coordination of the support unit for FARNET, the European Fisheries Areas Network.

In May 2009, AEIDL, in partnership with Grupo Alba (Spain), won the call for tender issued by DG MARE on the provision of technical support in establishing and coordinating a network of stakeholders involved in the delivery of Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF), which promotes territorial development in EU fisheries areas.

A key task of the FARNET Support Unit is to support the establishment of Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs); local partnerships which devise and implement development strategies aimed at adding value to fisheries products, promoting diversification and alternative enterprises, including in the tourism sector, and strengthening the local skills base and cultural heritage. Between 2009 and 2014, more than 300 FLAGs were established in the 21 participating countries.

To implement this contract, which was renewed in 2015, the two partners have set up a consortium - DevNet – based on the legal form of a European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG / geie). The 10-strong team consists of employees from both partner organisations, independent experts and part-time free-lancers (IT, graphics, event management). Geographical coverage is provided by experts based in each country.

     
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