EU funds paving the way to the rural vision
- Rural Pact
- Rural Revitalisation Platform
- Stronger Rural Areas
- Connected rural areas
- Resilient rural areas
- Prosperous rural areas
This Policy Lab, organised by the Rural Pact Support Office, suggested orientations to enhance the design and use of EU policy instruments in order to better support rural communities in the future.
The event built on the reflections initiated at the Sigüenza High-Level Rural Policy Forum. It capitalised on the collective knowledge and feedback of the Rural Pact Community to suggest orientations to enhance coordination among policies, streamline support to integrated local development, and mobilise and combine different funding opportunities through innovative ways.
Building on the reflections of the High-level Rural Policy Forum of September 2023, the Policy Action Lab aimed to:
- Boost dialogue among policy-makers and practitioners at all levels to explore ways to enhance actual access to funding by local rural actors and communities;
- Build reflections on possible orientations for enhanced support action and financing for rural areas, as well as on the ways forward.
The audience consisted of policy-makers and networks at EU, national and regional levels involved in EU funds, including CAP and EU cohesion policies, representatives of regional and local stakeholders, such as civil society organisations and public authorities, as well as relevant academic and research and innovation organisations.
The long-term vision for rural areas (LTVRA) covers a wide and complex range of issues which need to be addressed in a holistic way with diverse funds such as those financing the Common Agricultural Policy and Cohesion Policy but also other sources at EU, national, regional and local levels. The vision also outlines the importance of all funds at all governance levels to work in synergies to support rural development.
In the High-level Rural Policy Forum (27-29 September 2023) organised in Sigüenza (Spain), the Rural Pact Community emphasised the importance of facilitating access to financial opportunities by local actors and communities to help them implement their projects and ambitions and contribute to a more cohesive development of rural territories, leaving no rural area behind.
The Rural Toolkit on EU funding being developed by DG REGIO and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission under the Rural Action Plan will help in this respect. The tool will assist rural actors in accessing and utilising EU funds effectively. It will provide practical guidance, tools, and best practices to enhance the territorial development of rural areas, contributing to the objectives of the Long-Term Vision for the EU’s Rural Areas.
- Council Conclusions on a Long-Term Vision for the EU´s Rural Areas (LTVRA)
- How to make the Rural Pact happen in Member States. Policy Briefing
- Framing of the day
- Enhance access to funding – inspiring examples
- Enhance access to funding – recommendations
- Mobilise policy support – inspiring examples
- Mobilise policy support – recommendations
- Closing remarks
Rural Pact Support OfficeOther
Key messages from the Council conclusions on the rural vision. Isabel Bombal, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, ES presidency of the Council of the EU
(PDF - 350.96 KB)
The Rural toolkit dashboard for EU funding and the SAT4TER tool to support the financing of local action. Giulia Testori, Joint Research Centre
(PDF - 1.57 MB)
Village d’avenir programme: Supporting rural municipalities in applying for funding in France. David Armellini, Agence Nationale de la Cohésion des Territoires (ANCT)
(PDF - 1003.12 KB)
Bank support to implement LEADER funded projects in Extremadura (Spain). Diego Curto, Manager of the Local Action Group Valle del Ambroz
(PDF - 1.46 MB)
Jointly supporting innovation projects in municipalities. Elias Kappner, Landkreistag Rheinland-Pfalz
(PDF - 357.2 KB)
LEADER as one-stop-shop for local capacities in Austria. Stefan Niedermoser, LEADER Forum Austria
(PDF - 648.41 KB)
Simplified Cost Options supporting rural entrepreneurship in Asturias (Spain). Juan Lazaro, LEADER Network Asturias (Spain)
(PDF - 268.06 KB)
The coordination of funds and support in the implementation of Catalonia’s rural vision (Spain). Arnau Queralt, Advisory Council for Sustainable Development of Catalonia
(PDF - 639.88 KB)
Coordination of Funds at regional level – Experiences in Finland. Salme Pihlajamaa, Center for Economic Development
(PDF - 204.18 KB)
Experience in Lower Saxony coordinating EU-funds (Germany). Barbara Fährmann, Lower Saxon Ministry for Federal and European Affairs and Regional Development
(PDF - 964.01 KB)
Strengthening LEADER with the Recovery & Resilient Fund in Estonia. Olavi Petron, Ministry of Regional Affairs and Agriculture of Estonia
(PDF - 88.69 KB)
Enhancing FLAG budget through private contributions in Finland. Janne Ruokolainen, FLAG Central Finland
(PDF - 268.17 KB)