Politics of Innovation for Empowerment and Sustainability in Rural Communities
Our Project aims to detect and register the hindering factors for rural development within the politico-administrative frameworks on a sub-EU level (Greece) and seek to establish the role and actions of social entrepreneurs within that sector. The importance of rural communities in defining local gastronomy, culture and employment innovation, as they engage in local community cooperative action, will be compared in areas with direct top-down political promotions and areas whereby endogenous local cooperative assemblies manage, as bottom-up social enterprises, steering the community into social development. The Ruraction H2020 –MSCA-ITN-2016 Project of the European Union addresses, in a comprehensive manner, the future of rural spaces in Europe. Our approach here will be an examination of EU policies and their interaction with the Greek socio-political structures.