Développement économique et création locale d’emplois (LEED)

Conference on Local Development and Governance in Central, East and South-East Europe


This event was held in Trento, Italy, on 6-8 June 2005. It was organised by the OECD LEED Programme and its OECD LEED Trento Centre for Local Development in close collaboration with the Autonomous Province of Trento (see programme).

Local development is a complex issue. Effective local development strategies pursue long-term objectives. They are integrated, encompassing objectives ranging from economic development to social development and environmental protection. They feature innovative institutional mechanisms that ensure that the main stakeholders take an active part in both their design and implementation. They build on synergy between the initiatives led by the various actors, and influence the implementation of national and regional policy, contributing to their co-ordination and adaptation to local needs.

A number of governance mechanisms have emerged throughout OECD countries to achieve this ambitious list of tasks. During the last 15 years, countries of Central, East and South-East Europe, with their own historical, political and institutional background, have also contributed to innovations in this field.

This conference was a unique opportunity to discuss the progress made in this region in the light of a broader international experience. Over 200 participants took part in the discussions. More than 30 papers were presented and debated on the five themes of the conference:

  1. Design and Implementation of Local Development Strategies in Central, East and South-East Europe
  2. Local Development in Central, East and South-East Europe: a Multilevel Governance Issue
  3. Tools for Better Governance in Central, East and South-East Europe
  4. Financing Local Development in Central, East and South-East Europe
  5. Fostering Participative and Representative Democracy in Central, East and South-East Europe

You can download the speakers' papers and presentations.

For further information, please contact Ms. Andrea Hofer (+39 0461 277 616) from the OECD LEED Secretariat based in Trento.

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