In September this year, more than 340 rural stakeholders met in Cork, Ireland and developed a joint vision about the challenges and opportunities in rural and agricultural communities as well as recommendations for the future rural and agricultural policies. The Cork 2.0 Declaration "A Better Life in Rural Areas" has been warmly welcomed and is considered a key reference document in the debates on the future of agricultural and rural policies.
In order to take the declaration forward, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan and German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Christian Schmidt are jointly hosting a debate at the occasion of the International Green Week, the public exhibition for the food, agriculture and gardening industry, in Berlin.
The "Cork 2.0 Declaration - From Reflection to Action" event will take place at the City Cube, room A2 on 20 January 2017 from 16:30-18:00".
Set up in a "town-hall style", representatives from the five EU institutions will have an open exchange of views about what policy makers can do to turn the aspirations of the Cork Declaration into reality on the ground. The debate will be moderated by Heino von Meyer from the OECD, who was also the chair of the Cork Conference. Participation from the audience is both welcome and encouraged.