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European Association for Local Development
Founded in 1988 to coordinate the ELISE (European Local Initiatives System of Exchanges) programme, and initially focused on the areas of employment policies, training, and socio-occupational integration, the European Association for Information on Local Development (AEIDL) expanded the scope of its activities in the 90s, notably in the field of rural development, and in particular through its role in coordinating the European LEADER Observatory and the network of “Rural Information Carrefours” (EU information points in rural areas).
Now a more diversified organisation, AEIDL’s activities and expertise cover the environment and sustainable development, territorial development (rural, urban, regional and local), employment and social affairs, and citizenship. This includes vocational training and professional integration, support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the information society. Coming from many different countries, the members of the General Assembly, the Board and the staff of AEIDL are all active in one or more of these fields.
As the scope of its activities has expanded, the nature of the services provided by AEIDL has also expanded. Initially focused on the coordination of European networks – communication, publishing, event management, web design – it is now also engaged in consultancy, studies and evaluations, and training.
These services are provided by a multidisciplinary and multilingual team, comprising consultants and experts in relevant fields.