The EU’s rural policy should be maintained and strengthened, says the Council of the EU (EU 27 agriculture ministers) in its conclusions on the Long-Term Vision for Rural Areas, adopted on 20 November 2023.

Image from the EU Rural Pact initiative

The platform gathers information and resources for rural communities facing population loss, ageing and demographic decline. A wide range of stakeholders are invited to use the platform, from regional and local authorities to Local Action Groups, national CAP networks and any rural stakeholders working to revitalise their territory.

Rural and mountain areas can find solutions to demographic change and ageing. This was the main message of the final conference of the SILVER SMEs project, held in Brussels on 21 February.

The European Parliament welcomes the Long-Term Vision for Rural Areas developed by the European Commission since 2021 but suggests going further. This is the message sent by MEPs in the report adopted in plenary session in December 2022 on “a long-term vision for the EU’s rural areas – Towards stronger, connected, resilient and prosperous rural areas by 2040”.

Mountain areas do not receive sufficient specific consideration, concludes the European Committee of the Regions in its recently adopted opinion.