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2nd European seminar on sustainable urban rural partnerships

Building urban rural partnerships in future European development programmes

Warsaw 24-25 April 2013


Urban-rural linkages are high on the policy agenda. Both the European Parliament and the Council would like to see a reinforcement of such linkages in the current negotiations over the future Cohesion Policy. The reasons are manifold: improvement of territorial cohesion through better accessibility to services, stimulation of economic development and job creation through stronger integration of functional areas, increased resource efficiency and more efficient land-use through more developed territorial governance.

The European Commission, in collaboration with the Polish Mazovia region and the OECD, is organising a European seminar on sustainable urban rural partnership on April 24-25, 2013. This seminar will be focused on implementation issues, i.e., how to put sustainable urban rural partnerships into practice. The seminar will build on the lessons from in-depth case-studies carried out by the OECD covering a wide range of European and non-European regions.

The event will provide an important opportunity for policymakers and stakeholders at European, national, regional and local level to better understand the practical aspects of urban rural partnerships and influence their implementation in future EU Cohesion Policy and Rural Development policy.

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The seminar follows a first seminar organised in Metz in November 2012 (agenda with presentations) and is part of a preparatory action carried out for the European Parliament, which in addition to the comprehensive OECD study also includes a desk study on existing evidence (Executive summary; Full text of the study)


More information

Videos about RURBAN:

  • Rural-Urban partnership: key to a prosperous future for Europe EN
  • Rurban - Italy: Pooling the resources of Italy's cities and rural communities EN IT
  • Rurban – Germany: Rural-Urban Partnership in the Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg EN DE
  • Rurban – Finland: Broadband Services for rural areas in Central Finland EN FI

Audio recording from the conference ZIP file (775Mb)


Link to the Mazovia region on the event incl. few pictures (only in PL):

Seminarium na temat zrównoważonego partnerstwa miejsko-wiejskiego


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