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OECD Rural Policy Reviews: Italy 2009 Product Image

OECD Rural Policy Reviews: Italy 2009

  • ID: 1196553
  • June 2009
  • Region: Italy
  • 228 pages
  • OECD Publishing

Italy is one of the least rural countries in the OECD. Nonetheless, many of the international products identifiable by the “Made in Italy” brand are produced in rural areas in the north and in the centre of the country.

The competitiveness of Italy’s rural areas depends on the continued strong entrepreneurship, good accessibility, and great cultural and natural amenities present in rural Italy that spur a successful tourism industry. Agriculture plays a marginal role in terms of employment, and contribution to GDP.

Despite the good average performance, a number of structural trends are undermining the sustainability of rural Italy. For example, rural areas have persistent demographic challenges; the concentration of elderly is very high and it is not balanced by immigration of foreign workers.

Ageing, in turn, impacts negatively the delivery of key public services such as health care and education in rural areas. In addition, the undermanaged link between the urban and rural territories and agriculture use is increasing the pressure on water threatening the long-term sustainability of the environment.

In this context, the Italian approach READ MORE >

-List of Acronyms
-Assessment and Recommendations
<STRONG>Chapter 1. Profile of Rural Italy</STRONG>
-Key Points
-Rural Italy within the OECD
-Rural regions perform lower than national average
-Rural Italy faces social, economic and environmental challenges
-To sum up
-Annex 1.A1. Methodology for the decomposition of GDP growth
-Annex 1.A2. Methodology of identifying and mapping industrial districts in Italy
-Annex 1.A2. A classisfication of rural Italy based on regional accessibility/remoteness
<STRONG>Chapter 2. Policy Assessment</STRONG>
-Key points
-RDP in Italy closely follows the EU framework drawing from regional and agricultural policy
-In the case of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Italian approach to rural development maintains a sectoral focus
-The Italian rural development institutional framework is marked by a decentralised system with influential regional governments
-The regional rural development governance models are innovative
-Focus on three administration regions in Italy: Calabria, Veneto, and Emilia-Romagna
-Annex 2.A1. Devolution of power in Italy
-Annex 2.A2. Structural funds in the south of Italy
<STRONG>Chapter 3. Policy Recommendations</STRONG>
-Key points
-Italy needs to embrace a broader rural development strategy
-A more focused rural policy will involve adapting funding to the rural vision
-A well-rounded, targeted policy approach should contain stronger focus on sustainability
-Key priorities for Italy's rural policy include
-In sum
-Annex 3.A1. Rural Policy framwork in Finland
Bibliography
Evaluation et recommandations
Sintesi del Rapporto OCSE sulla Politica Rurale dell'Italia

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