The first of four meetings of the ENRD Thematic Group (TG) contributed to developing the EU 'Long-Term Vision for Rural Areas' announced by the President of the European Commission. The Vision should 'enable rural communities to make the most of their potential and support them in facing up to their own unique set of issues, from demographic change to connectivity, the risk of poverty and limited access to services'.
Aims of the meeting:
- To work on the first phase of a Foresight Exercise that will inform the EU Communication on a Long-Term Vision for Rural Areas (LTVRA);
- To inform TG members about all the activities and steps that are planned for developing the Vision;
- To share information about the existing state of knowledge on the future of rural areas and what has been learned so far and should be taken into account in the Vision;
- To discuss and consider how to support stakeholder engagement in the development of the Vision in different parts of Europe.