The EU is working together with countries, regions and other partners to promote urban-rural linkages.
A truly integrated approach to development must go beyond intra-city policy coordination and traditional rural issues. The integration with surrounding areas, both urban and rural, needs also to be considered.
The benefits of stronger urban-rural cooperation include more efficient land use and planning, better provision of services (e.g. public transport, health) and better management of natural resources.
RURBAN (Partnership for sustainable urban-rural development) is a preparatory action agreed by the European Parliament in 2010 and managed by the European Commission.
It aims to:
- analyse territorial partnership practices for towns/cities and rural areas
- achieve better cooperation between different actors in developing and implementing urban-rural initiatives
- promote territorial multilevel governance
- assess possible economic and social gains from enhanced rural-urban cooperation
- identify the potential role of urban-rural partnership for improving regional competitiveness and regional governance
- see how EU funding through the European Regional Development Fund and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development can best be used to support urban-rural cooperation
Videos about RURBAN:
- Rural-Urban partnership: key to a prosperous future for Europe
- Rurban - Italy: Pooling the resources of Italy's cities and rural communities
- Rurban - Germany: Rural-Urban Partnership in the Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg
- Rurban - Finland: Broadband Services for rural areas in Central Finland
Further information about RURBAN:
- Rural-urban partnership for sustainable development (general presentation)
- Financing decision & work programme for 2011
RURBAN is supporting the production of two studies:
- Partnership for sustainable rural-urban development (existing evidence) Executive summary - Full text of the study
- Comprehensive study carried out by the OECD with case studies (Germany, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain)
- Building urban rural partnerships in future European development programmes Warsaw (24-25 April 2013)
- Sustainable Urban Rural Partnership European Conference in Metz (15-16 November 2012)
- Cohesion policy supporting rural areas (October 2009)
- Social exclusion issues in the urban-rural context (July 2009)
- Urban-rural linkages fostering sustainable development in Europe (January 2009)
- Urban-rural linkages enhancing territorial competitiveness (September 2008)