Cooperatives of Employment and Services in Rural Areas (CesR)
Supervisor in IGSO PAS: Marek Więckowski
Program: INTERREG IVC
Leading partner: Regional Committee for Tourism Development of Auvergne (France)
Foreign partner: Olomouc Region (Czech Republic), Troodos Development Company (Cyprus), County Council of Cork (Ireland), County Council de Granada (Spain), The University of Latvia (Latvia), Regional Development Agency Mura (Slovenia)
Orderer institution: European Commission
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Aims and Objectives of the project
Life in the countryside is associated with better living environment, social relations and security. On the other hand, life and business in the rural areas can be characterized by worse socio-economic conditions when compared to the facilities and standards availed by the inhabitants of cities.
Ageing population, unemployment, inadequate infrastructure and the unavailability of services represent the main issues connected with the lower level of quality of life in the rural areas. Therefore, one of the traditional and important tasks of the regional public institutions is to contribute to the narrowing of such disparities through support for rural areas.
The goal of the CesR project is to identify good experiences with the tools of the regional policy, thus bestowing a positive impact on rural employment in the field of tourism and other business sectors. Then will be aim of the project the transfer between the project partners the regional policy tools supporting the creation, expansion and at least maintenance of employment opportunities in the service sector within the rural areas.
The rural areas have its own unique cultural and natural heritage facilitating the development of tourism. Business in the area of tourism is one of the few opportunities in the rural areas, bringing economic development, employment and also sustainable development without disrupting the cultural and natural heritage of the given rural region. A specific feature of tourism in rural areas is the provision of accommodation without the related services (self-catering accommodation). This sector of tourism offers significant opportunities for the development of such services with significant impact on employment, as evidenced by the positive experiences on the island of Malta.
In order to successfully implement the ascertained and obtained good practices in single partner regions, it is essential to involve the representatives of the regional as well as local bodies in this process.
Therefore, the project also includes several local working groups comprising of the representatives of local public administration and entrepreneurs.
The key activities of the project
- Management of the project and collaboration of the partners focused identification and expertise exchange of the well-established practices.
- Interaction with, and provision of information for, regional and local politicians and entrepreneurs on join workshops.
- Creating a handbook summarizing recommendations for regional and local public policies based on the identified good practices and the results of workshops.
- Revamping the public policy for each partner region.
- Raising awareness of the need for an innovative approach to public policies for rural development and entrepreneurship in order to strengthen the attractiveness and competitiveness of the rural areas.