INNOVATION POLICY IN AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION: PROSPECTS FOR THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA
Published in Scientific Papers. Series "Management, Economic Engineering in Agriculture and rural development", Vol. 14 ISSUE 2
Written by Liudmila TODOROVA, Olga SÂRBU
The future of the rural world has been the subject of much research in Europe and a large number of reports havebeen written on this subject. For the European Union, which aims to support rural development, it is essential toprecisely define what a rural area is and even distinguish several different types of rural area. Rural areas arefacing major challenges today which arise mainly from globalization, demographic change and the rural migrationof young, well-trained people. Policies for rural areas aim to contribute to recognizing and making use of strengthsand opportunities. Innovations have a direct influence on the level of welfare and satisfaction of each rural citizenand whole society. EU policies concerning innovations are aimed at transforming the European Union into aleading economy based on knowledge.