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Founded in 1992, the European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA) gathers professionals  working on economic development across Europe. EURADA represents development agencies before the European Union institutions.  


The association facilitates the cooperation among regional economic development practitioners. They can network, plan common EU projects, cooperate, advocate, and participate at European  level. EURADA serves as international well-established facility to connect development agencies with each other, with Europe, and with the opportunities Europe has to offer.


Encourage exchanges of experience between members and promote “best practice” in the field of local and regional economic development

Promote the recognition of the development agencies as specific mechanisms and economic development entities

Participate in the development and delivery of territorial development programs and/or support programs for companies especially for small and medium sized enterprises

Reinforce and better organise technical cooperation both with the European Commission and other Community institutions

Assist the development agencies newly set up in the non-European Union countries

Promote the emergence of cooperation projects between development agencies of several countries


The exchange of information on the regional development strategies, the assistance to enterprises and the training of development agency executives

The analysis of Community Policy impact

The development of cooperation projects between different development agencies

The promotion of innovative and transferable techniques in the field of local and regional economic development

The dissemination of relevant information insofar as concerns Community policies

A relevant forum open to new forms of know-how exchange between development agencies

The management of co-operation projects co-financed by the European Commission

Reflections on new management methods for development agencies and the field of regional development