Long Term Vision for Rural Areas

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Long Term Vision for Rural Areas

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on its new initiative for a long-term vision for rural areas. This consultation aims to collect views on current opportunities and challenges in rural areas, aspirations for rural areas in 2040 and the actions needed to achieve these aspirations.

Any interested European, including consumers, the agri-food sector, rural SMEs, EU countries, regional and local authorities, farmers, civil society organisations, rural youth, NGOs, local action groups, rural networks and academics can contribute to the online public consultation until 30 November 2020. The Commission wants to ensure a wide consultation and invites everyone interested in the future of rural areas and their inhabitants, to share their views.

The public consultation on the long-term vision for rural is a first step towards a Commission Communication on the topic, to be published mid-2021. This Communication will aim to support a debate at European level on the future of rural areas and the place they should have in our society. It will propose actions to be taken, including in the shorter term, to achieve this long-term vision for the future of rural areas.

The survey is open until the 30th of November

How is ELARD active in the making of the Long Term Vision?

  • Thematic Workinggroup #rural40 for Long Term Vision of Rural Areas from ENRD (European Network for Rural Development).
  • The seminar A vision for rural Europe “Harnessing the potential of rural areas to contribute to a sustainable & prosperous Europe” from Renew in cooperation with ARC 2020. The conference was opened from Ursula von der Leyen och den modererades avmoderated by Dacian Ciolos. Marion Eckardt, questionned the possibility to make realiuty of a future vision (at 1:49:20 minutes). The webinar was live-streamed from 12 000 people and has after that been seen more than 60 000 times.
  • EU Multi-Actor Platform (MAP) av SHERPA. Sustainable Hub to Engage into Rural Policies with Actors (SHERPA) is a four-year project (2019-2023) with 17 partners funded by the Horizon 2020 programme. It aims to gather knowledge that contributes to the formulation of recommendations for future policies relevant to EU rural areas, by creating a science-society-policy interface which provides a hub for knowledge and policy.
  • The survey “What future do you want in rural areas? from ELARD/REDR was answered from 3436 persons from 26 countries. The report is currently getting finalized, a big thankyou to all who has contributed so far!

Where and how has ELARD given input so far?:

  • Feedback on the roadmap: Until 9th ofSeptember, it was possible to give feedback on the roadmap of creating the Long Term Vision. Feedback from ELARD
  • The voice of rural Europe for the future of EuropeELARD members gathers their opionions on the Future of Rural Europe, and this has been sent around to politicians, officials and other interested actors around EU and on national level.


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