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Objectifs et outils pour une Europe rurale intelligente

Opinion Number: CDR 4320/2022
Rapporteur: SRŠEŇ Radim
Commission: NAT
Status: Adopted
Date: 15/03/2023
Contribute to the implementation of the MFF 2021-27 and the Long-term vision for rural areas 2040 (LTVRA)
Influence the Commission's evaluation of the LTVRA
Influence the preparation of the MFF post-2027

- reiterates its support for the Long-term vision for the EU's rural areas 2040 (LTVRA), which will support territorial cohesion and create new opportunities to attract innovative businesses, ensure access to quality jobs, promote new and better skills, ensure better infrastructure and services and strengthen the role of sustainable agriculture and diversified economic activities;

- insists that all EU policies should promote the attractiveness of these areas and protect their quality of life and the rural population by ensuring equal access to basic services and opportunities;

- points out that the magnitude of the challenges requires a strong concentration of financial resources and all activities in rural areas; considers it necessary to connect development tools, reduce their fragmentation, strengthen synergies between LEADER/CLLD, smart villages initiatives and LAGs;

- invites the EU institutions, Member States and regions to harness the full potential of the smart village concept as a new, innovative tool for the European policy and for the development of rural areas;

- calls for better conditions to be created for the development of diversified small and medium-sized businesses and for start-ups to become a natural part of the development of smart municipalities in rural areas;

- welcomes the inclusion of rural areas in the European Declaration on Digital Rights and Principles for the Digital Decade;

- calls for post-2027 Cohesion Policy to include specific EU-level regional targeting and earmarking for rural areas, with a minimum aid threshold in Partnership Agreements;

- invites the Commission to include proposals for targets and indicators in its evaluation report on the implementation of the LTVRA. Invites the Commission to propose how to integrate these targets in existing EU monitoring systems (e.g. the European Semester).
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