AGROPOL-study (carried out on behalf of the European Commission, DG AGRI) studied the development of a cross-border agrifood model region. The aim of this pilot project was to identify key factors for succesful interregional agrifood cooperation boosting the rural economy. The project consortium chose a “learning by doing” approach and co-developed two crossborder agrifood strategies in two different European areas: in the Spanish-Portuguese Euroregion EuroACE (Extremadura, Centra, Alentejo) and in the Austrian (Carinthia)-Slovenian border region. The regional stakeholders were in the front seat; the research consortium facilitated the process and provided regional development expertise, focussing on a value chain approach.
The final report of the project can be consulted HERE.