- Ádám FICSOR, former Government minister, former State Secretary for Rural Development (Hungary)
- Tibor POLGÁR, Strategic Director, West-Pannon Regional and Economic Development Public Nonprofit Ltd. (Hungary)
The session looks at successful examples of rural development programmes, with special regard to EU best practices from LEADER to Community-lead Local Development.
Key questions are: How can rural and regional development policies work together effectively? How can successful local development initiatives be organised in a bottom-up way? How can local development communities make use of different development instruments (domestic and foreign)? What are the key elements of designing and implementing successful local development strategies in rural and urban-rural regions?