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Entrepreneurship and the social economy – the future of Lithuanian rural areas


In May 2022, the Lithuanian Multi-Actor Platform met at the scientific conference ‘Entrepreneurship and Social Economy in the Regions: Needs, Challenges and Necessary Scientific-Practical and Political Intervention’, organised by Lithuanian MAP coordinators in Druskininkai, Lithuania.

The theme of the conference was centered on the context of the 3rd SHERPA cycle, namely, “Sustainable and resilient value chains” (topic 4), which is the continuation of the Long-Term Rural Vision until 2050, prepared within the scope of the SHERPA project. In the previous stages, the direction for ‘prosperous rural areas’ was formed, covering “Change in production and diversification of the rural economy”, focusing on entrepreneurship and social economy, just transition, as well as short and sustainable supply chains.

The conference discussions, inspired by old and new Lithuanian MAP members, as well as conference speakers, focused on the challenges of rural areas of Lithuania in the field of entrepreneurship and the social economy, just transition, and short and sustainable supply chains. The conference’s presentations included an overview of the current situation in the field, trends, and accelerated co-creation activity to identify the key needs, and existing challenges, identifying specific areas for urgent scientific-practical and policy intervention.

The results of the discussions from the conference will be used to prepare the Lithuanian MAP Position Paper on topic 4, covering the regional aspects of entrepreneurship and social economy, just transition and sustainable value chains.

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