On 22 and 23 March the Brabant Kempen House organized the first conference for rural areas in Europe,
The Rural Summit 2017.
The conference was a follow-up to the nomination of the Brabantse Kempen as one of the 21 smartest rural regions of the world in 2016. The conference drew a picture of the challenges that rural regions face in terms of economic growth, sustainability, aging and the new opportunities created by the (extended) use of digital applications.
More than 200 participants from 12 countries shared their ideas and experiences on the question if the difference between urban and rural is fading because of the possibilities created by internet and broadband. International speakers presented their examples of digitally connected regions which lead to stronger economic and more vital rural regions with a more robust connection to urban areas.
The conference was attended by delegates and directors from different European regions. To ensure more attention and policies for rural regions in Europe, the Commissioner of King Wim van de Donk encouraged everyone to commit themselves to enhancing connections between European rural regions.
Companies and organizations from the Brabant Kempen region participated in ‘best practices’ during thematic sessions. The Brabant Kempen House looks back on an inspiring, informative and connecting convention. The conference was made possible by, chairwoman and Mayor Anja Thijs-Rademakers of the municipality Eersel, in cooperation with the Kempen municipalities, the Province of Brabant, the Metropolitan Region Eindhoven, Brainport Development, industry and education partners and the Intelligent Community Forum.
The Brabant Kempen House is going to build the European network of smart rural regions further and seeks to work on concrete projects with partners that contribute to a sustainable vital Kempen in the Brainport region, but also those of other European rural areas.
EESC public hearing on villages and small towns
Rapporteur attend the confernece How the future CAP can contribute to the objectives set out in the EU investment plan to relaunch grown and jobs in Europe
The rapporteur presented the CoR position on the Rural agenda during the joint conference between our NAT commission and the AGRI Committee of the European Parliament. The main objective of this meeting is to get the support of the AGRI Committee for the White paper on rurality which is the main priority of the NAT commission in the field of agriculture and rural development and also the main NAT topic for reinforced cooperation with the European Parliament
Exactly 20 years after the ground-breaking European Conference on Rural Development in Cork, which concluded with the signing of the Cork Declaration on Rural Development, the European Commission, under the responsibility of Commissioner Phil Hogan has organised a second European Conference on Rural Development in Cork on 5-6 September 2016.
The Conference was aimed at bringing together 300 or so stakeholders in order to discuss current and future challenges of farming and rural areas, as well as potential policy responses - with a view to drafting a new Cork Declaration.
Les territoires ruraux, mal-aimés de l’Union européenne
Local leaders call the EU to modernise rural areas to tackle urban-rural development gap
Adoption of the opinion by the NAT commission
Discussion with Commisioner Hogan on the future of rural development policy
NAT/RUMRA conference on Rural territories in the 2014-2020 policiesof territorial cohesion and inclusive growth with Mercedes BRESSO, MEP, president of RUMRA, Franc BOGOVIC, vice chair of RUMRA, Member of the European Parliament, and Corina Cretu, European Commissioner for Regional Policy
Discussion on the draft opinion during the NAT Commission meeting
The rapporteur meets with a representative of the European Commission's DG REGIO
Discussion on the work document in NAT Commission
NAT seminar on innovation and modernisation of rural economy with Jozo Radoš vice chair of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Rural, Mountainous and Remote Areas (RUMRA) and Joaquim Oliveira Martins, Head of the OECD Regional Development Policy Division
The NAT commission appointed Mr Randel Länts rapporteur for the opinion on innovation and modernisation of rural economy