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Regional and Agriculture support systems in the European Union - What is the outcome?

Topic:Regional and Agriculture support systems in the European Union - What is the outcome?
Speaker:Prof. Ann-Katrin Backlund(Lund University)
Time:October 15th, 2012 (Monday) 13:10-16:00
Place:Room 206, Leo KoGuan Building (School of Government)


Speaker:

Prof. Ann-Katrin Backlund is Dean of the Social Science Faculty, Lund University. Her research focuses on Social and Economic Geography, Regional and Environmental study of Europe, etc.

Introduction:

Economic and industrial transformations have altered the conditions for life in the rural regions of Europe. There is a dramatic reduction in farm employment and the agricultural production’s share of GDP is gradually shrinking. In order to sustain life and ensure economic growth in all regions the EU has introduced substantial funding schemes to assist economic development in rural and peripheral regions. But as the funding is depending on the capacity of the regions to attract support it is difficult for weaker regions to take advantage of the possibilities. The lecture will discuss the principles behind the regional support systems and how regions are trying to form political structures in order to meet the new demands.