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Survey Request: EU Initiatives for Rural Revitalization and Startup Villages

As autumn begins, we have an important request from the European Commission's Joint Research Centre that requires your attention. Your valuable insights and experiences are essential for the success of two new EU initiatives aimed at promoting rural revitalization and supporting startup villages. 1. Survey on Combining EU Funds for Rural Revitalization: We are seeking successful examples of combining various EU funds and instruments to support rural revitalization projects. Your input c...
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FUTURAL: Empowering the future of rural areas

In an effort to empower rural areas in Europe, the FUTURAL project, co-funded by the European Union, launched in June 2023. These areas, with their vast social, cultural, geographical and topographical diversity present unique challenges and opportunities. These include complex issues such as, depopulation, brain drain, ageing population, limited connectivity, and restricted access to public infrastructure and services. FUTURAL aims to step into this landscape in order to enhance the resilien...
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The European Rural Parliament Manifesto 2022

We see the future of rural Europe as vibrant, inclusive and sustainable rural communities, supported by diversified and prospering economies, and by effective stewardship of high-quality environmental and cultural heritage. We believe that rural communities can be major long-term contributors to a prosperous, peaceful, just and equitable Europe, and to a sustainable global society. Our ambition is to encourage action at village and community level throughout rural Europe, creating in due course ...
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Rural People’s Declaration of Kielce 15th September 2022

We, around 350 participants from 39 European countries, met during the 5th European Rural Parliament at Kielce, Poland, from 12 to 15 September 2022, gathering rural people, representatives of civil society organisations, researchers, entrepreneurs, national governments and European Union institutions. We fully acknowledge the urgency of the current situation and the major challenges that Europe is currently facing – war, inflation, energy crises, climate and biodiversity, droughts and fires,...
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New Activists For Rural Development- Meet Kristin Langer from the Netherlands

I am a young activist working on a more inclusive sustainable future. I am from Germany, but I have lived in the Netherlands for the last two years. Before the lockdown I used often move between urban and rural areas of  Germany, Netherlands and Italy, where my activities, families and friends are. I developed my working experience in a cross-border project (“onbegrensd”) for youngsters, mainly in rural areas at the Dutch-German border, focusing specifically on their wishes and needs. In 2019...
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In 2021 European Rural Parliament comes To yhe Central/Eastern Europe For The First Time

The European Rural Parliament (ERP) is a network and partnership that wouldn´t be there without your national rural parliaments, events, all the actions you do at home to raise awareness about rural concerns and possibilities. PREPARE members have shown great commitment in the ERP process. 2021 will not change that. For the first time ERP comes to Central/Eastern Europe, to Kielce in Poland, probably in late September. The host is the Association Swietokrzyskie Rural Area Development supporte...
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New Activists For Rural Development- Meet Vladan Babič from Montenegro

Vladan Babic, 32 years old, is the owner of a small business from Niksic, Montenegro. He considers himself as a youth activist, member of rural development network in Montenegro and he is director of NGO Drumovanje as well. He works a lot with  projects related to the rural development on education of people in rural area of Banjani, Trubjela, on how they can apply for local and national measures. He has also worked with several projects on the promotion of the rural area in Niksic, including...
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The European Commission encourages involvement in the planning of Cohesion Policy at national level

During the Structured Dialogue with ESIF partners event, Kadri Uustal, Head of Unit Coordination of programes (DG Regio) presented Cohesion policy 2021- 2027 programming and encouraged Civil Society to take part in planning of Cohesion Policy at national level. To find relavant ontacts in Your country, go to link: https://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/ Find full presentation here:    
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