During 2008-2009 DG REGIO is undertaking a set of activities in the area of urban-rural linkages which will include three seminars. The aim of this exercise is to have a debate focusing on urban-rural issues as well as to take stock of, disseminate and learn from experience already existing in this particular field. The first seminar was held on 17 September 2008 on the subject of urban-rural linkages enhancing European territorial competitiveness. The second seminar was organized on 23 January 2009 on the subject of urban-rural linkages fostering sustainable development.
This, the third seminar on urban-rural linkages with focus on the theme of social cohesion is taking place in Brussels on 2 July 2009.
Dissemination of the seminars is provided through a dedicated website. In addition, the publication of a brochure is being considered.
The issue of urban-rural linkages is part of the ongoing work on territorial cohesion and the First Action Programme for the Implementation of the Territorial Agenda of the European Union includes an action point dedicated to urban-rural relations that is being followed up by the Czech Republic.