RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS
The first 12 months of the CENTRAL MARKETS project were dedicated to the collation of data on the markets involved in the project and on the analysis of the data collected for the realisation of studies and comprehensive reports aimed at sharing knowledge and boosting fruitful comparisons and exchanges. Research activities carried out under the leadership of the Conservatory of Mediterranean Food from Piedmont have been the fundamental activity towards the subsequent project phase which will be focused on the preparation of action plans and implementation of pilot actions. The result of this research activity is the Common Comparative Study. Based on 6 national studies and 8 local studies the study is an analysis of the existing legal and policy frameworks and a comparative study of the regional and national legislation on markets in the different counties involved in the project. It also contains a study on the implementation of the “Bolkestein” Directive in the partner countries and on its impact on the market sector. This research stems from the idea that it is necessary to learn and compare the different applicable laws in the partner countries in order to better understand markets functioning, and subsequently to define effective policies for their support and promotion. Another output of the research phase was a draft strategy highlighting policy recommendations for revitalising traditional markets in the urban context.
A summary report outlining main lessons learnt from previous projects and best practices useful for project implementation
This Report draws a picture of city and regional markets in central Europe. Project parteners researched relevant EU and national legislation and policies and collated data on markets and their governance. The Report is the result of this reaserach activity and includes also the Common Comparative Study a report on market legislation and regulations in the different countiries involved in the project.