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Project Result #3 - Policy Paper to better exploit achieved results of the project.

In order to sum up all the main findings, best practices and lessons learned during FamilyBusinessLibrary implementation, a policy paper addressed to decision makers has been developed, with the aim of ensuring the relevance of the project, its outreach at a policy level, and the sustainability of its benefits beyond the funding period. The policy paper represents a useful resource for stakeholders across Europe and identifies specific recommendations for policy makers. 

After an initial presentation of the main goals and motivations for the paper, the current policy concerning rural and regional libraries as Local Family Entrepreneurship Centers and support at an institutional level by libraries will be outlined, followed by an analysis of its critical aspects and the need to find new opportunities and solutions. 

Afterwards, the paper will explore the available alternatives in terms of policy and their implications, together with some criteria to evaluate them. On the ground of the application of those criteria to policy options, it will outline basic as well as specific recommendations to be implemented in order to foster the potential of Rural and Regional Libraries as Local Family Entrepreneurship Centers bringing about social action and positive change. 

The paper will finally identify the future steps policy makers can take to further engage on this process, and finally conclusions will be drawn to sum up the basic recommendations. 

The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.