Opinion Factsheet  

En langsigtet vision for EU's landdistrikter

Opinion Number: CDR 3533/2021
Commission: NAT
Status: Adopted
Date: 26/01/2022
ensure coherence with previous CoR demands regarding a strategy for rural areas
highlight both the needs and the potential of rural areas for recovery and the green and digital transitions
contribute to the COFE, notably with a view to the geography of discontent
ensure financial and non-financial support for rural areas in the 2021-27 financing period (e.g. cohesion, CAP, RRF, rural proofing)
create a basis for a stronger focus on rural areas in the post-2027 programming periods, e.g. by spelling out expectations for the stocktaking exercise
Position the CoR as active player in the Rural Pact at EU level

- welcomes the long-term vision as a crucial step towards the sustainable development of rural areas and genuine territorial cohesion throughout the EU and regrets that the publication of this long-term vision comes after the conclusion of negotiations on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) 2021-2027;

- highlights the need for the Conference on the Future of Europe to take people in rural areas into account in order to reflect their ideas, needs and potential and ensure their ownership of the European project;

- stresses the need to ensure that mutually beneficial rural-urban linkages are integrated into all EU policies in line with territorial cohesion objectives by making the most of the strong interdependencies between rural and urban areas;

- highlights the urgency of putting in place a European Rural Agenda that sets out concrete proposals for immediate action to support the long-term vision and recommends that these concrete proposals be accompanied by resources, financial instruments and quantitative targets to ensure the effective implementation of the long-term vision;

- calls on the Member States and LRAs to apply the rural proofing approach to their strategies and investments under the current programming period 2021-2027, for the CAP, cohesion funds and the national recovery and resilience plans;

- confirms the CoR's commitment to working together with the European Commission to launch the Rural Pact this year and to developing a governance model that will allow all stakeholders involved to successfully implement the long-term vision.