EU strengthening the dialogue between urban and rural areas

The significance of rural areas in society and rural concerns were reviewed by EU agriculture ministers. They defined rural areas as places where many activities coexist and complement each other. They argued for a new conception of rural areas’ role, arguing that they must be supported in all of their diversity.

The ministers focused their conversation on how EU member states view the coexistence of urban and rural areas, how they solve coexistence difficulties and avoid disputes, and what role the common agriculture policy plays in this. They agreed that rural regions constitute a multifunctional space in which various occupations not only coexist and complement one another but also compete with one another. In rural places, the old way of coexisting is experiencing significant challenges. As a result, a new way to redefine the societal role of rural areas is required, while the diversity and quality of these areas must be preserved.

The debate, according to Slovenian Minister Joe Podgorek, was an essential contribution by the Presidency to the future of rural areas, which will be determined, among other things, by the recently released Long-term vision for rural areas towards 2040.

Ministers of agriculture want rural communities to have a bigger say in shaping Europe’s future because they produce our food and maintain our heritage and landscapes. Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski presented a long-term vision for rural areas up to 2040 today, which will play an important role in this process. Its goal is to help rural communities become more resilient and successful by strengthening and connecting them.

Ministers of agriculture want rural communities to have a bigger say in shaping Europe’s future because they produce our food and maintain our heritage and landscapes. Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski presented a long-term vision for rural areas up to 2040 today, which will play an important role in this process. Its goal is to help rural communities become more resilient and successful by strengthening and connecting them.

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