Original scientific paper

THE ROLE OF CROSS-BORDER COOPERATION IN RURAL DEVELOPMENT - A NEW EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE

2006, 7 (3)   p. 485-488

Zsuzsanna BACSI, Ernő KOVÁCS

Abstract

The objective of the present paper is to compare the situation, characteristics and problems of rural regions to that of border regions, identifying common features and development opportunities. First the concept of rural regions is discussed with an overview of the economic characteristics, the problems of accessibility and peripherality are outlined. Then the specifi c features of border regions are assessed with regard to the character of the border and its impacts on the quality of life in the region. The evolution of the European territorial cooperation is overviewed briefl y pointing out the future prospects and backgrounds of interregional and transboundary cooperation. Finally the rural development opportunities of border regions are discussed relying on common endowments and complementarities of the neighbouring areas.

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