The aim of this conference was to take stock of the current policy and try to identify whether it is adequately addressing the present and future challenges facing rural areas in Europe. Harnessing the potential of rural areas for economic diversification and development, improving policy delivery, local governance and networking and finding the right balance between top-down and bottom-up approaches are also very important in this respect.
It also addressed a number of open questions: we need to know more about the typology and specificities of different rural areas; about the demographic, socio-economic and environmental changes in rural and peri-urban areas; about the relationship of rural areas with smaller and bigger towns and cities; about the factors that shaped the enormous diversity of rural areas, those associated with success and those with failure. Above all we need a clearer definition of rural areas and a better idea about the territorial aspects of rurality.
Chair: Loretta Dormal-Marino - Deputy Director-General, DG Agriculture and Rural Development
Plenary session: Facing the challenges of tomorrow
Innovation and business creation. Training and building of human capital. Search for new market outlets and income sources including renewable energy.
Identification of regional impact of climate change: water management, erosion, pests and diseases, etc. Potential responses to climate change.
Delivery of environmental goods and services as an essential element for sustainable rural development.
Advances in the typology of rural areas, local/national/global factors affecting socio-economic development, drivers of change, policy response, urban-rural links, link with the cohesion policy.
Identifying measures corresponding to needs, balance top-down / bottom up approaches, networking concepts in business and public administration
Chair: Mrs Loretta Dormal-Marino - Deputy Director-General, DG Agriculture and Rural Development
Reporting on main outcomes of the workshop (5 rapporteurs):
Questions and Answers
Facing tomorrow's challenges of compliance: A view from the Court of Auditors, Riemer Haagsma, CoA
Presentation of the European Network of Rural Development and the Contact Point: