A long-term vision for the EU’s rural areas

News | 2021-12-03 | Alessio Livio Spera

A vibrant tapestry of life and landscapes, Europe’s rural areas provide us with our food, homes, jobs, and essential ecosystems services.

To ensure that rural areas can continue to play these essential roles, a European Commission communication sets out a long-term vision for the EU’s rural areas up to 2040.

It identifies areas of action towards stronger, connected, resilient and prosperous rural areas and communities.

A Rural Pact will mobilise public authorities, and stakeholders to act on the needs and aspirations of rural residents.

The accompanying EU Rural Action Plan will foster territorial cohesion and create new opportunities to attract innovative businesses, provide access to quality jobs, promote new and improved skills, ensure better infrastructure and services, and leverage the role of sustainable agriculture and diversified economic activities.

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