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EU Organisations

Rurality-Environment-Development (RED)


Rurality-Environment-Development (RED) develops, through its network of members and partners in Europe, continuous exchanges on the rural policies and their implementation, with the double finality of a better ground efficiency and of a reinforced dialogue with the European institutions.

Structure, key stakeholders and partners

RED is an International association set up in 1980 and administered by a board of Directors. Since 1999, RED is member of the Advisory Group « Rural Development » of the European Commission (presidency from 2008 to 2010). It is also Member of the Liaison Group between the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the European Civil Society. RED has a participative status with the Council of Europe since 1986 and an observer with the European Conference of Ministers responsible for Regional Planning (CEMAT).

Priorities and activities

Rurality-Environment-Development (RED) has two types of activities

  • An associative function: RED animates a European rural development network and works in favour of an ambitious European rural development policy, differentiated and complementary from agricultural policy. RED promotes a balanced development between strongly interrelated urban and rural poles, in order to ensure territorial cohesion in Europe. RED prioritizes a participatory approach integrating in a specified territory the economic, social, cultural and environmental concepts.

    RED also coordinates European platforms like the European Countryside Movement and gives support to members’ activities at international level. It animates the website, and publishes thematic dossiers.

  • An operational function, with the support of the Interregional Workshops (ATEAR): RED organizes regular international conferences or exhibitions and cooperates in researches on the different aspects of rural development: country planning, landscape, territorial development in its economic, social, cultural and environmental components, European rural policy.

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