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Linking sustainable practices throughout Europe

Civic Dialogue: « When citizens, stakeholders and decision makers work together »

Ten examples of processes and practices in Europe

Rural topic(s): Civic dialogue, Civic engagement, local governance and dialogue

Type: capitalization document

Date of publication: January 31, 2015

Organization(s): Forum Synergies


Forum Synergies selected the following 10 experiences to give examples of processes and practices of dialogue, initiated by citizens or public authorities, from local to European level, mainly in rural areas.

It was done in the frame of its “Civic Dialogue” thematic programme that deals with the topic of dialogue between different stakeholders when it aims at:

  • influencing policies which have a strong impact on territories with regard to agriculture, food,

environment and social cohesion

  • contributing to the solution of local or regional issues of sustainable rural development.


Scale of intervention : Local, Regional, National, European

Keywords: territorial dialogue, environmental mediation, civil society dialogue, participatory action research, participation by inhabitants, bottom-up approach, rural-urban relationship, integrated rural development, Forum Synergies

Places: Europe

Methods: participatory budget