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As part of the 19th European Week of Regions and Cities, the European Commission hosted an event: ‘Long-term vision for the EU’s rural areas – rural perspectives for sustainable recovery’. The event took place online on 13 October.

The Commission’s Communication on its long-term vision for the EU’s rural areas was presented, with a particular focus on sustainable recovery, rural opportunities, the rural action plan, and the role of stakeholders in realising the ambition of the vision.

The long-term vision for the EU’s rural areas seeks to create a vision for the future of rural communities, which encompasses all EU policies relating to rural areas. It includes concrete actions to address the key problems facing these communities and to promote opportunities that exist for them.

The Communication is an important and comprehensive contribution to the shaping of rural policies in the EU. To support the shared goals of the vision outlined in it, a Rural Pact will be developed with national authorities and rural stakeholders, which will provide a common framework for the engagement and cooperation of a wide range of actors at EU, national, regional and local level.

About the European Week of Regions and Cities

The European Week of Regions and Cities is an annual four-day event during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement EU cohesion policy, and underline the important role played by local and regional authorities in the delivery of good European governance.


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  • 13 Oktober: 10.00 - 12.00 (Europe/Brussels)
    • General presentation of the Communication for the long term vision for rural areas
    • Next steps
    • Research and innovation for rural communities

Practical information

13 October 2021, 10.00 - 12.00 (CEST)