THE PLACE AND ROLE OF TOURISM IN RURAL AREAS IN THE EU REGIONAL POLICY
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Over the years a change could be observed in the use of tourism to meet the goals of the EU’s regional policy covering the rural areas. The change is closely connected with the role played by the regional policy within rural areas. The expansion of the regional policy saw a parallel increase in importance of tourism as a tool for executing the policy. In the beginnings of the European Community the most important task for rural areas was food production. The need to develop non-agricultural activities, such as tourism, was noticed much later. However, with the shifting of weight from agricultural production increase to development of rural areas, it has been gradually treated as an important instrument in the structural policy. The objective of the article is to verify the thesis that the evolution of regional policy was accompanied by a change in approach to developing tourism within rural areas.
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