Recognition of rural territories as development and innovation hubs which contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy in the framework of a balanced relationship with urban hubs in order to achieve the goal of territorial cohesion enshrined in the Treaty of Lisbon.
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