Challenge for Europe

At the level of the territories we live in it is possible to render development intelligible and encourage the participation of residents. Taking time for dialogue and then following up on citizens’ propositions are the first steps in the political exercise of making clear and verifiable decisional mandates. But territorial projects run up against a hierarchical or fragmented approach far too often. These obstacles split up the answers and responsibilities instead of articulating them. Territorial cohesion is a lever for the kind of development that rests on an open and diverse economy capable of combining (i)economic development, (ii)social progress and (iii)environmental quality. Les Pactes Locaux (Local Pacts) and their partners are convinced that an equilibrium between these three objectives is not only desirable, but possible with certain conditions.

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This proposition results from the collective contributions of Pactes Locaux, initiated by Bruno Racine and co-produced with Martine Theveniaut, in the framework of the debate on the Green Book – January 2009. Les Pactes Locaux is a freely organized collective operating since 1998, supported by FPH, and set up as a national association in 2005. Rooted in the principle of territorial involvement in policy-making, it is a public space for dialogue, collective intelligence and the affirmation of concrete propositions that have mainstreaming effects.

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