Demographic change and declining rural populations are important issues in most EU Member States and greatly influence the economic performance of many rural areas. Supporting the continued presence of young people in rural areas is therefore a high priority for EU rural development policy.
Therefore, the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD) intends to collect, analyse and discuss examples of Youth*- related projects and initiatives implemented at national and regional level around Europe (* the definition of youth is a large one – 15 to 40 years old people). This collection of examples focuses on the Rural Development Programmes, although additional examples from other sources of financing, national and/or regional funding are welcome.
The aim is to contribute to understanding the effectiveness of current Rural Development Programmes, which will inform subsequent discussions about further enhancement of the policy delivery in the 2014-2020 programming period.
You have developped a succesful project in your region and you want to let EU decision makers know? This is the moment! You can access the good practice template here! The deadline for returning the template filled in is 22 April 2013 and the person of contact to whom it shall be sent is Ancuta PASCA.