Management Theory and Studies for Rural Business and Infrastructure Development, Volume 23

Evaluation of sustainable rural development in the European union member states

Alvydas Baležentis, Tomas Baležentis

Abstract

Rural development is among focal points of the European Union Common Agricultural
Policy. The implementation of rural development is identified by various statistical indicators.
The main aim of the study was to estimate level of sustainable rural development in the European
Union Member States thus identifying the most advanced and backward states by applying
multi-criteria evaluation methods. A model for complex evaluation of sustainable rural development
processes in the European Union Member States is proposed in the article, containing: 1)
creation of indicator system; 2) application of multi-criteria evaluation method; and 3) evaluation
of progress of Member States. The analysis of sustainable rural development in the European
Union Member States was performed on the basis of indicator system covering different dimensions
of sustainable development and multi-criteria evaluation method MULTIMOORA. These
states were thus classified into respective groups according to results of the investigation. The
proposed model of evaluation can be successfully applied in strategic management of rural development.

Keyword(s): European Union, MULTIMOORA, rural development, strategic management, sustainable development


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