Contribution of European rural areas to the European Commission´s 8th Cohesion Report
This contribution is inspired by the Halmstad Declaration of 2 December 2021 during the “LEADER 30 years
Celebration” conference organised by ELARD and by the LEADER European seminar, an event organised by Leader
France in the framework of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, held in Ploeuc-L’Hermitage on
7 March 2022.
Solidarity declaration for the people of Ukraine
We, the rural civil sector movements in Europe, representing more than 40 countries and half of the European population living in rural areas, have been deeply shocked by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and offer our solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
In order to spare civilians, we call on all involved to enhance their efforts towards a civilized solution of the conflict and cease fire.
At the 30-years LEADER-event, the conclusions for Halmstad declaration were first drafted. We now have 10 conclusions on “turning rural development into action” and ten ideas on “using the opportunities for LEADER/CLLD” that we share to shape a better future for all of us.
Apart from being a conference on the Long Term Vision of Rural Areas and the future of LEADER, it was also an event in the frame of the Conference on the Future of Europe. The conclusions of the event are therefore also published at the Conference of The Future of Europe.
from Marjorie JOUEN, Jacques Delors Institute. (Benefitted from inputs and reflections of Marion Eckardt, Maria José Murciano-Sanchez, MichaelSchmitz, Francesco Mantino, Hans Martin Lorenzen, expressing themselves on their personal capacity)
On 9th of May 2020, Day of Europe, the members of ELARD are sharing their opinion on how CLLD can assist in the recovery work of Europe now and in future programmes. ELARD has been facing this crisis with the firm belief that we are stronger together. No rural area should be left behind, and we are positively working as a team, keeping the spirit of a unified Europe prominent.
ELARD updated its positions regarding the next programming period of LEADER/CLLD, approved by the ELARD General Assembly in Brussels on 10th April 2019.
(Available also in Croatian, Estonian, German, French, Latvian, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Spanish)
During the ELARD conference 2016 and with the contributions of several LAG networks ELARD developed this declaration directed at the European institutions.
Positions from ELARD’s Member Networks
This is a joint statement on the ambitions, commitments and demands of the rural community, adopted by the representative of the rural community of Kosovo.
SEE LEADER 2019
European Committee of the Regions
The CoR’s contribution to the renewed Territorial Agenda, with special emphasis on community-led local development (2019)
In this document the CoR outlines policy recommendations for regional development with the aim to increase the influence of regions and local authorities in Europe.
The opinion is also available in the following languages: [BG] [CS] [DA] [DE] [EL] [ES] [ET] [FI] [FR] [HR] [HU] [IT] [LT] [LV] [MT] [NL] [PL] [PT] [RO] [SK] [SL] [SV]
European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
Advantages of the CLLD approach (2017) (different languages available)
The EESC assessed the potential of CLLD to contribute to the aims of the EU and formulated proposals for the next programming period.
|The Future of Food and Farming (2017)
The European Commission analysed the current situation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which includes the LEADER programme. The proposal aims to match more closely citizens’ needs and European challenges.Cork 2.0 Declaration (2016) and Cork 2.0 Action Plan (2017)
The participants of the European Conference on Rural Development in Cork, Ireland formulated these orientations for a rural policy in the EU.
This is the final document of a Seminar organised by DG AGRI and the ENRD in Båstad, Sweden. More material about the seminar can be found here.
European Rural Parliament
This is the update of the message from 2017 (see below).
European Rural Manifesto (2017)
This is the statement of the aspirations, commitments and demands of the European Rural Parliament campaigns from 2015 to 2017.
The Venhorst Declaration (2017)
The participants of the 3rd European Rural Parliament formulated this declaration as advice on how to assure the well-being of all rural communities throughout the wider Europe and as contribution to the discussion about the next programming period in the EU.
Our message to the European Institutions, Governments and Rural Citizens of Europe (2017) – long version
– short Version
This Message is the outcome of widespread consultation among rural communities throughout Europe and debate at the 3rd European Rural Parliament held in 2017 about the future policies in the EU.
European Countryside Movement
Building on the resilience of rural territories in the post-Covid-19 period (2020)
The organisations of the European Countryside Movement stress the importance of rural territories for the recovery, and await the
establishment of a European Rural Agenda and give reccommendations in this position.
A significant step closer towards a European Rural Agenda (2018)
The European Countryside Movement welcomes the adoption, by the European Parliament, of the “Rural European Agenda” – a resolution in favour of rural territories, which focused on their challenges and concluded as to the necessity to adopt a strategic and an operational framework.