The European Network for Rural Development (ENRD) has launched two new thematic groups on Rural Revitalisation and Rural Proofing to support Member States, regions and stakeholders roll out of the European Commission’s Long-Term Vision for Rural Areas up to 2040.
Members of the Thematic Group on Rural Revitalisation met earlier in December to hear and learn from strategic approaches implemented by countries and regions to revitalise rural areas. Participants had the opportunity to share expertise and build common understandings about enabling factors for rural revitalisation. Particular attention is being paid to rural areas affected by population loss, ageing and a lack of economic opportunities.
The Thematic Group on Rural Proofing is also starting up and aims to share experience and develop recommendations that can guide the design and implementation of rural proofing mechanisms within Member States at different administrative levels (national, regional and local).