Peri-Urban Regions Platform Europe
VI - Organisations representing local, regional and municipal authorities, other public or mixed entities, etc.
Surrey County Council, County Hall
(+44) 20 8541 8087
Mr Paul Van Der Sluys
Treasurer of PURPLE
Ms Hilary Lowson
PURPLE members represent peri-urban territories, where urban and rural features co-exist.
They are working together to maximise the advantages resulting from their location in proximity to large cities while minimising adverse impacts on the character, landscape and environment that make them distinct and special. Peri-urban regions in Europe are facing over-pressure. The balance between sustainable open space, sustainable agriculture and urban spatial and economic dynamics needs to be re-established. There are opportunities as well as challenges for those living and working in peri-urban regions, which should be reflected in tailor-made policies and strategies.
PURPLE is working to raise awareness of the specific peri-urban agenda at European, national and regional levels. At EU level, we feel there has been a lack of recognition in European institutions of the need for specific policies or support for peri-urban regions. Yet they constitute the interface between the 75% of EU citizens living in Europe’s urban areas and the adjacent countryside, which is increasingly valued for its local produce and resources, its diverse landscapes, rich cultural heritage and quality of life.
In the longer term, PURPLE regions wish to share experience and best practice with each other and with other regions, designing and developing partnerships for EU projects.
PURPLE works for greater recognition and understanding of peri-urban issues in EU policy which may impact upon regional and local government. The main policy areas which are of interest include: agriculture and rural development; regional policy and territorial development; environmental policy; and climate change.
Since its formation in 2004 PURPLE has been organised or participated in numerous events and workshops including: European Parliament and CoR discussions, EP Intergroup events, Regional Open Days, Green Week, RURBAN, etc. PURPLE members have participated in a number of EU-funded transnational projects related to peri-urban issues and in the PLUREL (FP7) research project.
PURPLE is a member of the Rural Networks Assembly of the European Commission (DG AGRI) and will participate in its Steering Group and stakeholder seminars.
PURPLE is an active supporter of the Urban Intergroup and has in the past taken part in hearings and other events relevant to its remit.
PURPLE will also follow the work of other Intergroups where it is relevant to peri-urban issues.
PURPLE is interested in policy development and funding support relating to peri-urban areas. It has so far focused its efforts on agricultural and rural policy issues (CAP and EAFRD) and regional policy(ERDF and Territorial Cohesion). However PURPLE is interested in all aspects of the economic, environmental and social sustainability of peri-urban areas and tries to follow as much relevant policy development in these fields as resources allow.
Currently a network of 15 European regions involving input by political representatives and experts based in the regions and Brussels-based officers
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www.purple-eu.org lists the member regions and describes the organisation and active input of members. Formal organisation consists of a General Assembly (all members including regional and local politicians, civil servants and experts) meeting twice per year. An Executive Board (normally 6 political representatives with officer support) meets quarterly and a Working group and Lobby Group run the day to day activities.
Member of the EU Rural Networks Assembly (DG AGRI)
Partner of the European Parliament Urban Intergroup
01/2014 - 12/2014
25,000 € - 49,999 €
No funding received from the EU institutions during the last closed financial year.
Member regions pay an annual subscription to PURPLE (€4000). The finances are administered by a member region acting as Treasurer for PURPLE. This role is currently filled by Flanders region.
By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.