joint initiative of the NAT Commission of the European Committee of the Regions,
Rurality-Environment-Development and European Countryside Movement conference
on The impact of the resolution on addressing the specific needs of rural,
mountainous and remote areas in the work of the European Parliament post-2020
Committee of the Regions and Rurality-Environment-Development (RED) have for
many years been calling for rural areas to be taken into account in all
European policies. As well as the CAP, it is crucial to take rural areas into
consideration in all European policies: their needs extend far beyond what the
rural development pillar of the CAP can deliver. Consequently, the Commission
must strike a better territorial balance by taking account of the specific
needs of rural and peri-urban areas, especially under cohesion policy.
thrust of Commission's proposals for the next programming period is to further
reduce the EU's already weak support for rural areas. The Commission's proposal
for the multiannual financial framework (MFF) includes a 28% reduction for the
second pillar of the CAP, which would make it the main victim of the budgetary
cuts. The proposal to remove the EAFRD from the common strategic framework
could also make setting up integrated, multi-fund development funds a more
complex affair. Lastly, the Commission's stated intention to strengthen the
urban aspect of the ERDF would push the budget imbalance further to the
advantage of urban areas.
On 3 October
2018, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on addressing the specific
needs of rural, mountainous and remote areas, in which it called on the
European Commission to include in the future legislative proposals provisions
addressing the specificities of these areas and to provide for adequate
funding, especially from the European Structural and Investment Funds, for
cohesion policy post-2020.
The purpose of
the conference is to gauge the extent to which this resolution is taken into
account in the work of the European Parliament concerning the structural funds.
Simultaneous interpreting in French-English-German-Finnish
Passive interpretation in Italian, Polish and Slovenian
The conference programme and the Web page will be regularly updated.
Registration has been closed
Jacques Delors Building room JDE 51, rue Belliard 99-101, Brussels
co-organised by Rurality-Environment-Development and European Countryside Movement
the NAT commission of the European Committee of the Regions
on 12 November (15.00 – 18.00)