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Policy Brief, Issue 2 - February 2009

Funded under: FP6


This second RAPIDO Policy Brief marks the last part of our FP 6 research project on innovation as a means to promote sustainable development in European rural areas. The overall objective of the RAPIDO-project is to facilitate innovation and knowledge transfer in European rural areas through scientific analysis of current processes and actors in this field across Europe, the identification of key actors and sectors to focus on in the future and finally, scientific advice on how to better integrate the Lisbon objectives into rural development policies. The latter will be the focus of this second policy brief and will be illustrated by means of case study examples analysed throughout the different work packages of the RAPIDO project.

On the EU-level, rural development, including innovation and job creation, are addressed through a number of policies, initiatives and funding instruments. Our focus in the RAPIDOproject has been especially on the following:
- The Lisbon and Gothenburg Agendas, which address issues such as knowledgebased societies, the creation of new and better jobs in Europe, economic growth, together with sustainable development and ongoing cohesion – among countries and regions, and among urban areas and rural areas.
- The European Spatial Development Perspective (1999), which is based on the EU aim of achieving balanced and sustainable development, in particular by strengthening economic and social cohesion. This means, reconciling the social and economic claims for spatial development with the area’s ecological and cultural functions and, hence, contributing to a sustainable, and at larger scale, balanced territorial development.
- The Environmental Technologies Action Plan (ETAP) addresses the promotion of new environmentally friendly technologies.
- The Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP), which provides funding to stimulate and promote innovation. This includes particular funding mechanisms to achieve the goals of the Lisbon

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