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Cohesion is one of the major goals of the European Union (EU), seeking to achieve sustainable development for all the regions, in the belief that territorial disparities will only reduce and delay growth. The whole approach to European integration is in danger if the development disparity between dynamic and deprived areas keeps opening. Rural areas a1·e the main type of lagging regions and, therefore, the main potentiaJ obstacle to achieving a long-term, sustainable and equal development.

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