Challenge for Europe

We call for the creation of Local Economic Development Agencies, the new institutional tools of a sustainable regional economy. Localities are potentially among the pivotal actors of the economy and the cornerstone of 21st century governance. Regions need to use institutional organizations in order to promote their assets. This is not happening today. The concept of Local Economic Development Agencies will respond to this deficit.


The author, Pierre Calame, French, was a civil servant at the Ministry of Infrastructure between 1968 and 1988 where he occupied various posts of responsibility at the territorial, central, and international level. Since 1988, he has directed the Charles Leopold Mayer foundation for the Progress of Man, a Swiss foundation with an international calling. A specialist of governance, he notably has written: l’Etat au Coeur with André Talmant (Desclée de Brouwer, 1997) on the reform of the state; la Démocratie en Miettes: Pour une Révolution de la Gouvernance (Descartes and CIE and ECLM, 2003) which proposed that governance be re-rooted in the universal principals that emerge from experience; and Essaie sur l’Oeconomie (ECLM, 2009) which proposes the rethinking of the economy starting with common principles of governance.

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