Felix Lopez during the inauguration.
Felix Lopez during the inauguration.

The Convento de la Victoria Vera yesterday hosted the celebration of the Day "Rural development in Andalusia: addressing the challenges for more sustainable growth in Europe 2014-2020 ", jointly organized by the Andalusian Federation of Municipalities and Provinces, the Ministries of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Economy and Knowledge of the Government of Andalusia, with the collaboration of the City of Vera. The opening of the conference was given by the mayor of Vera and vice president of the FAMP, Felix Lopez, the Director General of Sustainable Rural Development, Manuel Garcia Benitez, and the Mayor of Jódar (Jaén) and chairman of the Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development FAMP, José Luis Hidalgo García.

This training, It is part of the Lifelong Learning Plan 2016 the FAMP and is aimed at policy makers and technical staff of the Andalusian Local Government to the objectives, inter alia, to publicize the Strategy 2020; inform about the resources available to local governments to meet the challenges of the Strategy; create spaces for discussion, analysis and communication for those with the skills of local management in these times of economic crisis; schedule work sessions that reveal the news, obtain tools and answer questions, regarding initiatives available to the EU and are available to the Local Administration; and enhance the Participatory Laboratory 'Europe 2020 from the local '.

De otro lado, the priorities of the Europe Strategy 2020 address challenges such as smart growth, sustainable and inclusive, so these working hours arise, focusing on Sustainable Growth: Local development respectful with the environment. Some of the arguments supporting the relevance of the local level in a strategy of sustainable development are: the certainty that many environmental actions are intrinsically linked to the territory and to municipal jurisdiction, for example the business activity within the municipality; the importance of daily impacts generated because of the dominant lifestyles – with special relevance transport- as well as the key role played by the inertia derived from customs, routines and behaviors of citizenship. It seems clear that, without the full participation of local authorities, European commitments to sustainable development and the promotion of a new model of European growth will not materialize.

During the conference addressed the Presentation Framework: 'Participatory Local Development / Leader and building social capital in rural areas', rapporteur:, Javier Esparcia, Professor of Geography and Director of the Research Unit Rural Development Interuniversity Institute for Local Development (University of Valencia), It was presented by Manuel Garcia Benitez, Director General of Sustainable Rural Development. Followed by a discussion about the 'Participatory Local Development / Leader and building social capital in rural areas' held, in which he intervened Professor José Luis Esparcia and moderated Hidalgo García, chairman of the Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development FAMP.

Last, He continued the program with a space for reflection, moderated by Teresa Muela, Director of the Department of Equality Policies and Networks FAMP, where the "Participatory Rural Development Laboratory and Local Governance" with the participation of Teresa Benitez addressed Lora, Manager of the Association for Integrated Rural Development of the Mountainous Southwest Sevillana; Juan Martinez Valero, Group Development Manager Levante Almeriense and Patrice Dos Santos, representative of the Joint Research Centre of Seville, European Commission.