for rural futures"
His Royal Highness D. Felipe De Borbón y Grecia, Prince of Asturias, chairing the opening session
"Less Brussels and more Salzburg, Savoy and southern Slovenia"
At a press conference opening the conference on the future of rural development policy in Salzburg, Agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler announced that local actors and the regions would be given a greater role to play.
Mr Fischler stressed that the Salzburg conference was about broadening rural development policy as one of the main pillars of agricultural policy. more...
The Salzburg conference is a follow-up to the Cork Conference on Rural Development (1996) which launched a wide debate on rural development policy. That process culminated in the Agenda 2000 reforms, which saw rural development policy established as the second pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy.
The conference is being held at a crucial time in the preparation of Community policy for rural areas for post-2006 and in the run-up to the publication of the 3rd Cohesion Report at the end of 2003. Rural policy will need to evolve to meet new challenges within an enlarged European Union.
The conference provides an opportunity for a wide reflection on the experience of the current generation of rural development programmes running from 2000-2006, and draw lessons and conclusions for the next generation of programmes during the period 2007-2013.
The conference brings together the major stakeholders in rural development within the EU. Participants include representatives of the EU-15 Member States and Acceding Countries, of other European Institutions, national and regional programme management authorities, Leader groups, a wide range of sectoral associations and NGO's, international organisations, academics and experts, all of whom are crucial to the success of this policy.
Programme of the conference [pdf]
Introduction to the plenary floor debates and the panel discussions [pdf]
Panel 1: A competitive agriculture [pdf]
Panel 2: A diverse countryside [pdf]
Panel 3: A living countryside [pdf]
Panel 4: Mobilising local actors [pdf]
Panel 5: Simplifying delivery [pdf]